Perry improvises a tactic which enables the CDF to win this first battle quickly. Sagan manipulates her chain of command to promote John to an advisory role as a lieutenant to gather information from the Consu during a ritualistic meeting to obtain information. At the conclusion of the book, Perry is promoted to captain following his deeds at Coral and, despite the separation, holds hope of reuniting with Sagan when their terms of service conclude. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They dub themselves the "Old Farts". CDF soldiers use their BrainPals to communicate with each other, translate alien languages, watch classic cartoons, and read old books. The Consu rarely meet with outsiders and any individual that does is inevitably a criminal or other undesirable. Humans were not strong enough, tough enough or fast enough to compete with the countless xeno breeds that desired the eradication of the human race.