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"Discover adventure and serve your Empire!"
―Imperial stormtrooper recruiting advertisement[src]

The Stormtrooper Corps, also referred to as the Trooper Corps, was an independent military branch operating under the Imperial Army of the Galactic Empire. The Corps was best known for its near limitless supply of obedient stormtroopers trained at Imperial academies across the galaxy, as well as its near fanatical devotion to Darth Vader. Regarded as the Empire's chief enforcers, the Corps would serve to remind the civilian populace of the Empire's military supremacy.

In the aftermath of the Galactic Civil War, the training of stormtroopers was prohibited by the Galactic Concordance, a formal peace treaty between the Empire and the victorious New Republic. However, a new generation of stormtroopers would come to exist under the First Order, an Imperial-inspired military junta that recognized neither the treaty or the Republic's sovereignty.


Inheriting the military forces of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Stormtrooper Corps would possess a large amount of highly trained infantry to support military excursions against remaining Separatist holdouts. The Corps was ultimately founded by a group of clone commandos.[3] Due to the military buildup during the Clone Wars, the Corps continued to rely on Republic-era clone troopers for a few years after the Proclamation of the New Order. Nonetheless, the clone stormtroopers' fighting skills ultimately deteriorated due to their accelerated aging process.[27] In response, the Corps began accepting non-clone recruits into its ranks, with most remaining clones being disbanded four years before the Battle of Yavin.[28]

During the earlier years of the Galactic Empire, the Imperial army also deployed Imperial Army soldiers on many worlds instead of stormtroopers. As the Empire continued, however, the army upgraded as these soldiers were phased out in favor of more stormtroopers. By the time of the Mimban campaign Imperial army soldiers had not been not completely phased out and fought alongside stormtroopers, but the army's upgrade to increase stormtroopers had begun.[29]

During the Galactic Civil War, the Corps underwent an accelerated training process to provide more soldiers at a faster rate in order to suit the Empire's needs.[3] Members of the Stormtrooper Corps would see substantial military action on multiple against the Rebel Alliance and its successor state, the New Republic.[16][30] Following the Battle of Jakku in 5 ABY, the defeated remnants of the Empire signed a peace treaty called the Galactic Concordance. One of the terms of the treaty prohibited the mobilization and training of stormtrooper forces.[23]

The Imperial remnants retreated to the Unknown Regions where they reconstituted themselves as the First Order. In violation of the Galactic Concordance, the First Order rebuilt the former Imperial military including a new generation of stormtroopers. In 34 ABY, these First Order stormtroopers would see action against the New Republic and the Resistance, a paramilitary organization led by General Leia Organa.[23]

Training and equipmentEdit

"Cadets, you entered this facility as children. And in a few short weeks, you will leave as soldiers. By the time you complete your training, you will be prepared to serve your Emperor."
―Cumberlayne Aresko[src]

Although their ranks were numerous and possessed some of the finest weaponry and armor, with much development spearheaded by the Imperial Department of Military Research, stormtroopers were generally less respected as soldiers—at least in comparison to their clone predecessors—by the Empire's adversaries and surviving veterans of the Clone Wars. Captain Rex noted the inferiority of the new stormtrooper ranks, believing poor training and equipment was partly to blame for the Corps' decrease in operational effectiveness.[31] Nevertheless, stormtroopers were trained to be fiercely loyal to Emperor Sheev Palpatine and were reputedly incapable of betraying him.[32] In addition to their allegiance to the Emperor, they loyally followed his apprentice and enforcer, the Sith Lord Darth Vader.[33] According to Imperial records, the Corps never trained a trooper-turned-traitor.[22]

When they were not in armor, officers of the Stormtrooper Corps wore black dress tunics, caps, and boots. They also carried code cylinders, rank insignia plaques, and officer's disks conform to the standards of the Imperial Navy.[34]

Organization of unitsEdit

In the Stormtrooper Corps, one of the smallest units was a squad, which consisted of ten stormtroopers. A platoon was made up of five squads, and a company was made up of four platoons. Higher up, a battalion consisted of four companies, and a regiment had four battalions in it. A legion was made up of four regiments, giving one a total of twelve-thousand eight-hundred stormtroopers.[35]

To outflank an enemy unit, stormtroopers could be organized in a strategy known as Sigma Four. This tactic was once used by sergeant TX-828 against the bounty hunters of Captivator's crew.[36]

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Stormtrooper specializationsEdit

  • Stormtrooper—The Empire's main enforcer throughout the galaxy. Equipped with E-11 blaster rifles and specialized armor made up of over 18 plastoid, composite plates.
    • Coastal defender stormtrooper— Also known as Shoretroopers, stationed at the top secret Imperial security complex on the tropical planet Scarif, shoretroopers patrolled the beaches and bunkers of the planetary facility.
    • Cold weather assault stormtrooper—Better known as Imperial snowtroopers, trained for operations in arctic environments.
    • Crimson Stormtrooper—Imperial stormtroopers trained to operate in the heat of volcanic areas.
    • Flametrooper—Flametroopers were Imperial incendiary units equipped with flamethrowers for rooting out entrenched enemy positions.
    • Forest trooper—Stormtroopers trained to operate in forested environments.[39]
    • Heavy Weapons Stormtrooper—Heavy Stormtroopers, also known as Heavy Weapons Stormtroopers were equipped with Z-6 rotary blaster cannons, DLT-19 heavy blaster rifles and heavy armor.[46]
    • Imperial Heavy Trooper—Specialized stormtroopers equipped with combat armor and electrostaffs.
    • Imperial shock trooper—High-class stormtroopers pulled from the elite of the Corps and equipped with distinctive armor with red markings. Primarily utilized as elite front-line units and guards for Emperor Palpatine himself.
    • Jumptrooper—Jumptroopers were specially trained soldiers equipped with jetpacks and bubble shields that could be activated for short periods of time. Useful for rapid battlefield maneuvers and flanking enemy positions, Jumptroopers could traverse environmental hazards that would normally tie up regular troops.
    • Lava Trooper—Stormtroopers equipped with black armor and respiration tubes that were charged with defending Fortress Vader on Mustafar.[47]
    • Magma trooper—Specialized stormtroopers capable of withstanding high temperatures in volcanic environments.
    • Patrol stormtrooper— Stormtroopers that used speeders to patrol.
    • Range trooper— Specialized stormtroopers that wore heavy armor lined with fur.
    • Riot control stormtrooper—Soldiers equipped with electrostaffs and trained to quell insurrectionist activities.
    • Sandtrooper—Specialized stormtroopers equipped for desert environments, with unique helmets featuring extra cooling features and a sand filter, along with a survival backpack stocked with extra food and water.
    • Scout trooper—Scout troopers, also known as biker scouts, were the reconnaissance units of the Corps, utilized to determine enemy positions, perform hit-and-run attacks and gather intelligence on enemy operations in a combat zone.
    • Seatrooper—Imperial troopers trained for operations in aquatic environments.
    • Spacetrooper—Specialized stormtroopers equipped with rebreather packs for use in zero oxygen environments.
    • Stormtrooper grenadier—Specialized stormtroopers equipped with grenade launchers.
    • Swamptrooper—Specialized stormtroopers trained for amphibious combat.[4]
    • Wet-weather gear stormtrooper—Specialized stormtroopers that were located on Mimban.

Elite and experimental unitsEdit


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Galactic Defense
  2. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Battlefront: Twilight Company
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Dawn of Rebellion
  5. Star Wars: Commander
  6. Pirate's Price
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 Star Wars: Uprising
  8. 8.0 8.1 Tarkin
  9. Thrawn: Alliances
  10. "Born in the Storm"—From a Certain Point of View
  11. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Droids in Distress"
  12. Aftermath: Empire's End
  13. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story novelization
  14. SWCustom-2011 "Art Attack" on (article)
  15. Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  16. 16.0 16.1 Aftermath
  17. SWInsider "Blade Squadron"—Star Wars Insider 149150
  18. Kanan 4: The Last Padawan, Part IV: Catch
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  20. Thrawn
  21. Guardians of the Whills
  22. 22.0 22.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  24. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  25. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  26. 26.0 26.1 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  27. SWCustom-2011 SDCC 2014: Star Wars: A New Dawn Panel – Liveblog on
  28. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Lost Commanders"
  29. 29.0 29.1 Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  30. Star Wars: Shattered Empire
  31. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Relics of the Old Republic"
  32. StarWars-DatabankII Stormtroopers in the Databank (backup link)
  33. Lords of the Sith
  34. Ultimate Star Wars
  35. Star Wars Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to a Galaxy Far, Far Away
  36. 36.0 36.1 Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure
  37. Locations. Star Wars: Uprising Official Website. Retrieved on September 11, 2015.
  38. 38.0 38.1 Battle to the End
  39. 39.0 39.1 Aftermath: Life Debt
  40. Star Wars: Uprising—Crew Member: "Joval Ryyk"
  41. 41.0 41.1 "The Perfect Weapon"
  42. Star Wars: Force Arena
  43. Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
  44. Adventures in Wild Space: The Cold
  45. SWInsider "One Thousand Levels Down"—Star Wars Insider 151
  46. Star Wars Battlefront II
  47. Tales from Vader's Castle 5: The Terror of Darth Vader
  48. Star Wars 19: Rebel Jail, Part IV