A poolee is an individual who has already signed up to become a Marine but has not yet left for the 13 weeks of recruit training at boot camp in San Diego or Parris Island. Each spring, Marine Corps recruiting stations around the United States hold a "Poolee Night" to bring poolees and their parents together to learn what to expect in, and how to prepare for, boot camp.
The poolee and parent event is important for soon-to-be recruits, as they will receive useful information. Its just as important for the parents, many of whom may be nervous and unsure of what to expect during their Marine's career in the Corps. Poolee Nights also provide an opportunity to bring in parents of recent boot camp graduates and parents whose sons and daughters are currently in boot camp so they can lend support and share information with poolee parents.