The Sergeant & The Chevrons by Robert Chapin
Approx. 2,650 words.
Published on August 14, 2011.
A young 20 year old recruit cannot escape the grueling 10-12 hour day of peeling potatoes in Vietnam while awaiting assignment in a processing center.
Following two days of back breaking potato peeling he decides to fake sick call and as a result purchases metal sergeant pins for his collar.
Noticed by the duty sergeant he is called forward only to learn they are on upside down. No penalty!