We meet Joe Rock for the first time, and his Platoon Sergeant, Sergeant First Class (“SFC”) Douglas Dawg.
Joe just came out of the Active Duty Army and went into the Reserves, which is a very common career trajectory for people who have served. Joe’s plans obviously include college money without having to put up with the day-to-day nonsense of regular, active-duty service, but these hopes are quickly dashed when it turns out that the 213th Engineer Battalion has already been called up for Iraq.
Joe is a “Specialist”, commonly shortened to “SPC”. Army ranks and thongs like “platoon” and “battalion” will be discussed, but at the moment it is not important to be familiar with them.
Comic Notes: On the first day of BOHICA Blues, “Launch Day” on November 11th, 2013, I had the first four comics post within an hour of each other. I wanted a big, four-page kickoff event to get started. After that, the comic updated on Mondays and Thursdays, and then eventually it went to Monday-Wednesday-Friday updates.