Juan Rico - He is a well-to-do native of the Philippines. His father rejects the idea of wasting two years of his life in the service, rather than swiftly ascending in the family business to succeed him.
Cpl. Ace - He is a career corporal, who would have been promoted if he had been willing to leave his squad.
Cadet Angel - He sits up nights tutoring Rico in math, his weakest subject.
PFC Dutch Bamburger - An infantryman aboard the Valley Forge to whom Rico is assigned as an extra before "Operation Bug."
Capt. Blackstone - He doubles as commander of all six MI platoons aboard the Tours. During a combat mission to Planet P, he is to evaluate the narrator's fitness to receive a permanent commission.
PFC Breckenridge - A 210-lb. Southern-accented recruit who foolishly steps forward in boot camp to challenge the Career Ship's...
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