In this post, Lt. Collingsworth expounds upon his squad leaders. They are all described in Platoon Forward terms-- for instance, Color Sergeant Smythe is obnoxious and a hedonist. These terms come into play when characters interact with each other.
As an example, Sergent Torrens is "amiable" and so gets a +1 on reaction rolls to other characters. So if he decides to ask for an auxiliary Lewis machine gun for a mission there is more of a chance he will get it than Color Sergeant Smythe, whose obnoxious behavior earns him a -1 on the same roll.
August 13, 1889
A brief note before we land. I expect we will be sent on patrols immediately so may not have much time to write for a while. Luckily the dispatch boats are fairly regular to the part of Mars that we will be patrolling (I can say no more for government censors).
I've had my first spot of bother with the troops. While Platoon Color Sergeant Smythe is a competent NCO, he is also obnoxious and a bit of a hedonist. I caught him and Sergeant Pip Torrens, 1st Squad Leader, squireling away rations for themselves out of ship's stores. While Sergeant Torrens is as amiable as Smythe is unpleasant, their hedonism and gluttony will get us into trouble with the company supply sergeant if we are not careful and they have been suitably reprimanded.
Second Squad Leader Sergeant Anderson is absolutely addicted to machinery. He spends every waking moment prowling the ship and drives the crew to distraction with his incessant questioning of how things work on our aether ship.
And the last of my squad leaders is Sergeant Barclay, a tough old Scot. I've watched him with the troops and his aggressive nature immediately led me to place him as training Sergeant. He will have to be watched in combat to ensure that his aggression towards the enemy does not lead to foolhardiness. We can afford no cries of "It shall be glorious" like that unfortunate Caldwell fellow at the rescue of Gordon's column by the 5th Air Fleet.
Tomorrow we land! Best to you and Mother,
Lt Richard Collingsworth