Stormtroopers are first strike units that are sent into critical combat situations in support of both the Imperial Navy and Imperial Army. Stormtroopers were originally introduced as the new elite of the military by Emperor Palpatine during the early years of the New Order. They are highly disciplined and completely loyal to the Emperor. Stormtroopers will carry out their orders without hesitation and without concern of their own lives. Maintaining their own command structure and support facilities, Stormtroopers are independent of Imperial Army and Navy chains of command. If a situation warrants it and if the Stormtrooper Company Commander authorizes it, regular officers can be given command of Stormtrooper squads or platoons. However, it must be noted that the Naval Biological group is responsible for Stormtroopers' health. Stormtroopers are deployed to neutralized resistance to the New Order and to ensure that lower and ranking officers serving aboard Imperial ships stayed true and loyal to the Emperor and his vision.
They are often deployed and paraded in overwhelming numbers, and can be found anywhere that the Empire seeks to assert its power to inspire fear in the populace. Stormtrooper legions are adept at manipulating the psychology of dominance while shielded by the eerie anonymity of their armour. If the Emperor issues an order, Stormtroopers will drop everything else to obey it. Totally loyal to the Empire, Stormtroopers cannot be bribed, seduced, pleaded with, influenced, or blackmailed into betraying the Emperor and his New Order, since they have been flawlessly molded into mere extensions of the Emperor's will. Without his Stormtroopers, the Emperor would not be able to conduct his aggressive policies and maintain his iron hold on the Empire. They are carefully selected for their unquestioning determination to serve the Emperor to the death and are willing to sacrifice lives to accomplish a mission. Knowing no fear, only faced with impossible odds and only once they have completed their primary objectives will they surrender. However, if they are ordered to hold at all costs, they shall do so. To die for the Empire is the highest honour they seek, and they do so without hesitation.
In battle, Stormtroopers are disciplined to ignore casualties within their own ranks; notice is only taken from a tactical standpoint. They are never distracted by emotional responses and are well drilled in the fact that no matter how many troopers are killed in combat, there will always be more to replace them. Unfortunately, friendly fire incidents can occur as these troopers never let accuracy get in the way of victory. These troops attack in hords to overwhelm their foes. Stormtroopers' ability to rapidly overwhelm and capture enemy positions make them the premiere option for leading assaults on important planets.
As assault troops operating in conjunction with armoured units, they are second to none. Stormtroopers are often employed to secure landing zones to allow the unopposed drop of Imperial Army units and to clear away the enemy's first lines of defence. From which the Stormtroopers are withdrawn, and the Imperial Army is then employed to terminate the remaining resistance and subjugate the world (except in cases where prolonged conflict threatens to disrupt the Empire's industrial capacity or weaken is strategic position). Large numbers of Stormtroopers are deployed to rapidly crush opposition if quick victory is essential to the operation's goals. It must be noted however, Stormtroopers are rarely employed to take planets with no strategic importance to the Empire.
Stormtroopers are trained to operate equally well both in space and ground missions, and as a result they are far more flexible than regular Imperial Army troops. They are able to carry out any of their assigned tasks quickly and effectively thanks to their training in a variety of roles. These troopers are employed to stiffen regular Imperial Army units on worlds where the Empire has established vital military bases or research centres. Locations vital to the Imperial war machine such as industrial plants and mining facilities, which have been identified as likely targets for a Rebel or pirate attack have Stormtroopers deployed assigned to protect those assets. The very presence of these troops is often a sufficient deterrent to all but the most determined aggressors and saboteurs. Unless ordered otherwise, they will most likely terminate any person who does not immediately surrender. Civilians are expected to unquestioningly obey orders issued by Stormtroopers, failing to do so typically results in incarceration, if not death. More so, Stormtroopers coerce local residents to assist them in the apprehension of Rebel scum that infests an area.
These troops are identified by number, not by name. They live in totally disciplined militaristic environment where obedience is paramount and the will of the Emperor is absolute. Stormtroopers unquestionably follow orders issued to them. After months of intensive training, a Stormtrooper Cadet is paired with a veteran Stormtrooper. While providing support during field operations, the new Stormtrooper masters Imperial military tactics. These grimly anonymous troopers use the might of their training and weaponry against any opposition to the Empire with utterly brutal efficiency. Stormtroopers are sent in to crush initial resistance and conduct the toughest fighting. They are feared throughout the Known Galaxy and are deeply feared opponents of Rebel troops and fighters. It cannot be understated that Stormtroopers are highly trained and motivated. It must also be noted that Stormtrooper boarding parties are systematic, quick and professional in taking charge of a captured ship. In short, Stormtroopers support both arms of the Imperial military.
Imperial Stormtroopers carry their full set of equipment at all times to maintain combat readiness and familiarity with the feel of their gear. Every component of the Stormtrooper's armour and equipment is manufactured to the highest standards in the Galactic Empire. The armour allows the trooper to operate in almost any environment, lasts indefinitely and may still be found half-buried at decades old battle sites. Their brutal training and intense conditioning accounts for much of the Stormtroopers' power and effectiveness. It also must be noted that Imperial-issue equipment plays a vital part in making them the galaxy's most dreaded soldiers.
Stormtroopers are organized in a manner similar to the Imperial Army, however with varying quantities of troops as their organization is distinct from that of the other armed forces. It must be noted that the Imperial Navy controls Stormtrooper assignments in the Imperial Starfleet. The basic element of Stormtrooper organization is the squad (which contains eight to ten troopers). Unlike the Imperial Army, the squad is the smallest independent operating unit. While organized into platoons, Stormtrooper squads are frequently assigned independent objectives. Stormtroopers are organized up to the corps level and anything above that level of organization is not well known. It is believed that Stormtrooper corps commanders have direct line of communication to the Emperor. If this not true, there is no doubt that they are not far from the Emperor's voice. It is known that Stormtrooper organization above the corps level is very fluid, thus allowing for astounding response times in support of the Emperor's objectives. It is said that the total core of Stormtrooper forces is greater than the number of all regular troops combined.
These elite shock troopers adopt strict security measures and have a reputation of ferocity when cornered. Due to their excellent communications and sheer numbers, Stormtroopers can hinder Rebel movements across entire territories. Reinforcements are typically held in reserve according to standard Imperial operating procedures. Stormtroopers employ a secure frequency for transmitting commands and tactical data into information banks maintained for Stormtrooper use. However, this Stormtrooper channel can be breached through the use of a special chip that was developed on the planet of Bakura. More so, it is somehow possible to incapacitate Stormtroopers by causing their helmet speakers to emit a very loud piercing electronic whine (via annexing the Stormtrooper channel).
In non-combat situations, Stormtrooper Officers wear a black tunic and cap. Their insignia-officer's disc, rank plaque and rank code cylinders conform to standards of the Imperial Navy. All Stormtrooper Officers are proven soldiers and in combat they wear armour like any other trooper. Stormtroopers are known for their marksmenship and some are capable of hitting a scurrier's horn at 200 metres. Stormtroopers are also employed as security troops or as honour guards for Imperial dignitaries and influential persons, and ranking officials such as Imperial ambassadors, Grand Moffs, Moffs, Governor Generals or Admirals. In these cases no less than ten Stormtroopers are employed for this duty. Garrisons of Stormtroopers are stationed on planets throughout the Empire to quell any uprisings and to enforce the Emperor's will. While at the Imperial Academy, Stormtroopers learn an old game called Quadrant, it is a tactical visualization game; troopers who are on duty sometimes play this game with other troopers to pass the time.
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