The author's experiences as a Captain of an air squadron is preliminary training over here bring to bear the same modest, leisurely, perhaps gentler qualities that characterized his Snow Above Team. Removed from action, viewed with affection and a certain paternalism this is pleasant, casual reading. He tells how Sherwood, his son, joins the Marines, and Hough -- shedding 25 pounds -- enlists of the ambivalent life he leads going home nights; of the meaning of grubwork and discipline; of the bruhup between soldiers and civilians, as townspeople often confuse ""morals with morale""; of his favorite youngsters, Waiters, omnipresent duty Bergeant; Kelly, gay and Irish; Red, career soldier who found himself an officer. The setting shifts from Lagu Beach to Yuma and the attempt to plant the desert. Paramount is his job with if set of- the boys -- and definitely for them. Ingratiating.