I clearly remember the emotional content: this is a farce, I hope we're not as screwed as it looks like we are, and can I scrape together a decent squad out of these losers (including myself!). Sh*t I hope we can stay alive, the tunnels are a meat-grinder...
Something I learned in my time with the military is that there is always somebody better. When I was an awkward kid I got picked on all the time. After I joined the military I only had one potentially violent encounter and it involved me staring down three guys. It was a Karate Kid Moment: learn to fight so you never have to. In my regiment I was one of the top three shots, top in bayonet combat, and decent in hand to hand generally. Then I trained with the airborne engineers. They are airborne, demolition experts, most are one or more of HTH
experts, crack shots (something short of sniper level), navigation, weaponsmiths etc. There are at least two levels above them with - as far as we know - JTF2 being the best of the best in Canada and amongst soldiers worldwide.
But the other thing I have learned both from movies and personal anecdotes is that luck is more important than skill, when you get right down to it. There are two types of heroes: those who walk away and those who die trying. In game terms, just a die roll separates them.