And he wasn't forgetting Keesey, the rookie who'd replaced him.
"Rookie" is the term by which a new recruit is designated in Army slang.
Is it allowable, Sergeant, for a rookie to ask what this is all about?
Yet I am convinced that what will best control the Plattsburg rookie is the Plattsburg non-com.
Then he was just a busher, a rookie, a nobody who had his reputation yet ...