Well that next mission went horribly. Coke was bombarded and shot twice without cover but somehow survived. Newbie was going to emerge as the great saviour but missed both shots on a flanked target and Warden missed her sniper shot on the same target which was finally put down by Cowami. Meanwhile the other Specialist attracted everyone's fire and only got hit once so good for him.
At the moment Cowami and Newbie are the only uninjured non-rookies I have. Should make things interesting.
Edit: Yay, immediate terror mission. Ty healed up. Three soldiers with experience and three rookies. Should be fun.
Edit: Well the rookie and the corporal got knocked out by Berzerkers, the sniper squaddie panicked, Cowami got strangled, shot, and slashed by a Faceless and only seven civilians survived but the squad's back at base in one piece. Cowami's out for a while though and shaken. The Japanese Specialist got promoted to Sergeant and earned his nickname so please welcome Ultrafunkula to the squad.
One more mission for today and I think that'll do me.
Rescue mission. Save the scientist, slightly increase armour research time.
I don't know what's happening off screen to the left.
Just realised - for the time being at least, Coke is Captain Kirk.
Edit: Mission success. Coke and Ty got chewed up. MVP went to Desert Fox.
Turning the difficulty up for next time. These people paid for blood.