Earning medals propels a PC towards his next rank a pinch faster. The fruit salad is for missions completed, targets killed, and campaigns concluded. To help survival rates, each soldier can medicate himself, weld a suit together, or bait targets once per planet drop. Rolling well on actions is important as usual. A grunt has training in the following operations:
- CODE: exerting willpower to uphold orders and follow regulations
- DATA: ability to operate electronics and provide engineering support
- GUNS: self-explanatory
- JUMP: tactical movement in a suit, often in variable gravity situations
- HELM: Upon leveling to sergeant, the ability to pilot a combat vehicle.
- READ: Upon leveling to major, using insight to maximize attacks against one bug type