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More than 400 United States Marine Corps enlistees and their family and friends from across the state of Arizona converged in Phoenix for the 2014 annual Marine Corps Recruiting Station Phoenix pool function, March 8, 2014. The purpose of the function is to screen and physically test the Marine applicants, while at the same time give them a preview of what they may be able expect once they ship off to Marine Corps boot camp. The applicants, from 12 recruiting substations located throughout Arizona, ran an initial strength test made up of pull-ups, crunches, and a one and a half mile run. They ate a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) for lunch and had question and answer sessions with Marine Corps drill instructors. To complete the day the recruiting substations competed in a fitness relay, culminating what being a Marine is about – camaraderie, teamwork and unity. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler J. Bolken)

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Taken on March 7, 2014