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"Get all our forces down to that Resistance base. Let's finish this."
"Finish this? Who do you think you're talking to? You presume to command my army?"
―Kylo Ren and General Armitage Hux[2]

The First Order Army was the ground-based branch of the First Order military, and was responsible for maintaining order throughout it territory as well as the gradual conquest and colonization of the Unknown Regions. In order to quickly and efficiently raise a capable army, the First Order abandoned the practices of the Galactic Empire, trading volunteer conscripts for the kidnapping and indoctrination of infants throughout the galaxy. The Unknown Regions provided a safe haven for the hermit state to effectively train and mobilize an army of fierce Stormtroopers with a zealous loyalty to their Supreme Leader. From 29 ABY to 34 ABY, the ground forces of the First Order would often engage in skirmishes against the Resistance, a private military organization founded by General Leia Organa which rejected the complacency of the New Republic. However, upon the decapitation of the Republic's New Republic Senate during the Hosnian Cataclysm, Supreme Leader Snoke unleashed his legions upon the galaxy, seizing military control of all major star systems within weeks of the initial invasion. As the galactic siege progressed, Snoke's disciple, the dark warrior Kylo Ren, eventually assassinated the Supreme Leader, usurping both military and political control of the First Order. Supreme Leader Ren then personally spearheaded his year-long campaign against the galaxy, offering neither pity nor mercy to worlds that dared to resist his rule.



The First Order army was formed in the years following the defeat of its predecessor, the Imperial Army.

Following the defeat of the Galactic Empire at the Battle of Jakku and its surrender with the signing of the Galactic Concordance, the First Order and its military eventually formed in the Unknown Regions where it plotted its eventual return to power.[3] The First Order army[8] was descended from the Imperial Army, which served as the ground forces of the "Old Empire."[5] The Army was responsible for enforcing order throughout First Order space and the colonization of the Unknown Regions.[3]

Cold War[]

"They also said that someone called Kylo Ren was leading the First Order army. Does that name mean anything to you?"
"You could say that. General Organa will want to hear about this immediately."
Kazuda Xiono and Ello Asty[8]

During the Cold War, the stormtroopers of the First Order's army saw action against the Resistance on various locations and operations including Ovanis,[9] Spalex,[10] the search for Lor San Tekka,[9] and the quelling of the strike at Pressy's Tumble.[5]

On another occasion, Kylo Ren led the First Order army during a massacre on the planet Tehar. The sole survivors were Kel and Eila, who managed to flee to the Colossus space station on the planet Castilon. There, they met Resistance spy Kazuda Xiono, who alerted the Resistance leadership about the activities of the First Order army and Ren.[8]

The First Order used conscripted children to form a new generation of stormtroopers.

In 34 ABY,[11] First Order stormtroopers were also deployed during the attack on Tuanul and the search for the map that lead to Luke Skywalker.[1] The First Order's army was led by General Armitage Hux, who also commanded Starkiller Base. Substantial First Order army forces including walkers were stationed on the snowy planet, which doubled as a superweapon. The First Order's army and other branches including the First Order Navy were involved in the construction of the massive superweapon.[3]

War with the Resistance[]

Following the kidnapping of Torra Doza, First Order forces including stormtroopers occupied the Colossus refueling station.[12] After the Hosnian Cataclysm, Colossus resistance forces led by Xiono and Jarek Yeager expelled the First Order occupation forces and took the Colossus into uncharted space.[13]

Following the Hosnian Cataclysm, First Order stormtroopers saw action against the Resistance during the Battle of Takodana. The First Order military sustained many casualties during the Battle of Starkiller Base.[1]

Large swathes of the galaxy fell to the forces of the First Order led by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren.

During the Battle of Crait, significant First Order ground forces including stormtroopers, snowtroopers, AT-ATs, AT-STs, All Terrain MegaCaliber Six walkers, All Terrain Heavy Haulers, and a Superlaser siege cannon assaulted the Resistance outpost on Crait.[14]

In 35 ABY, First Order ground forces including jet troopers, stormtroopers, and treadspeeder bikes along with the Knights of Ren were dispatched to the desert planet of Pasaana after Supreme Leader Kylo Ren learned that Rey and her Resistance comrades were on the planet seeking a wayfinder to Exegol, the hidden world of the Sith. Jet troopers riding treadspeeders pursued Rey and her comrades Poe Dameron, Finn, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and BB-8 through the desert, sustaining casualties. Though First Order ground forces and the Knights of Ren managed to capture Chewbacca, several troops were presumably killed when an Atmospheric Assault Lander crashed following a confrontation between Rey and Kylo Ren.[15]



Following in the footsteps of their Republic and Imperial predecessors, stormtroopers served as elite soldiers in the First Order army.

The First Order army[8] was largely composed of stormtroopers; inspired by the memory of the Galactic Empire's stormtroopers as well as the clone troopers that served the Galactic Republic, First Order stormtroopers represented the latest generation in the history of white armored soldiers in the days of the New Republic Era. The First Order trained its troops from birth, using combat simulations and live-fire exercises to encourage battlefield improvisation, whereas the Empire's standard routine produced soldiers that were considered less dangerous than their First Order descendants.[16]

In addition to the basic infantry unit, the First Order army fielded various types of stormtroopers such as snowtroopers,[17] SCUBA troopers,[18] megablaster heavy assault troopers, flametroopers,[1] riot control stormtroopers,[19] rocket troopers,[20] executioner troopers,[14] and First Order stormtrooper gunners.[21]

Other positions[]

Other positions in the army included First Order officers[1] and the subset of vehicle commanders, First Order Walker Drivers, engineers, and gunners.[22]

Rank structure[]

Both infantry and armored units was commanded by trained officers. From squad leader to Supreme Leader, many different ranks existed in the First Order's military with various levels of power.[3]

Vehicles and machinery[]

A 125-Z treadspeeder bike

The First Order army employed a variety of ground assets for their ground operations. It used an arsenal of walkers for transportation, artillery, and other objectives. Such walkers included the All Terrain MegaCaliber Six, the First Order All Terrain Armored Transport, the All Terrain Heavy Hauler,[2] the All Terrain Mobile Artillery,[1] the First Order All Terrain Scout Transport,[20] the All Terrain Patrol Droid,[23] the All Terrain Heavy Scout,[14] the mobile assault walker,[24] and the spider walker[25] and the Urban Assault Triped Transport[26]

The Army also made use of other vehicles, including the elite speeder bike,[27] 125-Z treadspeeder bike,[28] the Light Infantry Utility Vehicle,[1] and an unidentified flametrooper transport.[29] The Army was also equipped with a superlaser siege cannon that served as an artillery piece.[2]

Weapons and equipment[]

The First Order army had an array of weapons, from the standard F-11D blaster rifle to the heavy FWMB-10 repeating blaster.

The First Order army possessed a variety of weapons and equipment. Ranged weapons included DLT-19D heavy blaster rifle,[30] the FWMB-10 repeating blaster[1] and its variant, the FWMB-10K, the RK-3 blaster,[20] the SE-44C blaster pistol, and the F-11D blaster rifle.[1] The Army's weapons arsenal also consisted of the F-Z0 antipersonnel blaster cannon,[21] the D-93 Incinerator flamethrower,[1] smart rocket and the G125 projectile launcher.[20]

The Army was also equipped with melee weapons, which included the Z6 riot control baton,[1] electroprod,[31] the BL-155 Laser ax,[2] the electrostaff,[5] the riot shield,[3] and the vibro-knife.[32] Equipment deployed by the Army incorporated quadnoculars,[19] jump packs,[9] NJP-900 integrated jetpack,[15] pauldrons,[1] and thermal detonators.[19]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Before the Awakening
  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A Junior Novel
  7. "The Last Jedi: Bomber Command'
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 SWResistanceLogo.jpg Star Wars Resistance – "The Children from Tehar"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Poe Dameron 1
  10. Poe Dameron 17
  11. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  12. SWResistanceLogo.jpg Star Wars Resistance – "The First Order Occupation"
  13. SWResistanceLogo.jpg Star Wars Resistance – "No Escape: Part 2"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
  15. 15.0 15.1 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  16. StarWars-DatabankII.png First Order Stormtroopers in the Databank (backup link)
  17. StarWars-DatabankII.png First Order Snowtroopers in the Databank (backup link)
  18. SWResistanceLogo.jpg Star Wars Resistance – "No Escape: Part 1"
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Star Wars Battlefront II
  21. 21.0 21.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections
  22. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections
  23. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  24. HasbroInverted.png Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Pack: Assault Walker) (backup link)
  25. Join the Resistance: Escape from Vodran
  26. Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  27. HasbroInverted.png Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Pack: Elite Speeder Bike with Special Edition Stormtrooper) (backup link)
  28. TwitterLogo.svg Discussing Film (@DiscussingFilm) on Twitter: "The first look at the First Order Treadspeeder in 'STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER' has been officially revealed at #SWCC." (screenshot)
  29. Poe Dameron 2
  30. Galaxy's Edge 4
  31. YouTube.png Every Stormtrooper in Star Wars Explained By Lucasfilm | WIRED on the WIRED YouTube channel (backup link)
  32. Poe Dameron 7