Quote Describing My Mood
"Birdie, what is your permanent rank?"
The car was landing; he paused with a hand on the latch and grinned. "PFC...I don't dare flunk out!"
I snorted. "You won't. You can't!" I was surprised that he wasn't even a corporal, but a kid as smart and as well educated as Birdie would go to OCS just as quickly as he proved himself in combat...
He opened the door and looked startled. "Hey! They're sounding my call. So long!"
"See you, Birdie!"
But I did not see him, and he did not graduate. He was commissioned two weeks later and his pips came back with their eighteenth decoration: the Wounded Lion, posthumous.
--Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein