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"Discover adventure and serve your Empire!"
―Imperial stormtrooper recruiting advertisement[15]

The Stormtrooper Corps, also referred to as the Trooper Corps, was an autonomous military branch operating under the Imperial Army of the Galactic Empire. The Corps was best known for its extensive supply of elite and disciplined stormtroopers trained at academies across the galaxy, as well as its near fanatical devotion to Galactic Emperor Darth Sidious. Regarded as the Empire's chief enforcers, the Corps served to remind the civilian populace of the Empire's military supremacy.

The Stormtrooper Corps could trace its roots to the Grand Army of the Republicclone troopers who fought for the Galactic Republic in the Clone Wars. Although Republic forces were absorbed by the Imperial Military, the original generation was eventually replaced by non-clone human recruits and conscripts. During the Imperial Era, the Corps suppressed Separatist holdouts, occupied worlds, and became embroiled in a galaxy-wide conflict with the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

In the aftermath of the Galactic Civil War, both the training and existence of stormtroopers was prohibited and the Stormtrooper Corps in accorded with the the Galactic Concordance, a formal peace treaty between the Empire and the victorious New Republic that prohibited the mobilization and training of stormtrooper forces, disbanding of the Stormtrooper Corps.

However by the rise of the First Order, a new generation of stormtroopers came to exist under the military junta that recognized neither the treaty nor the Republic's sovereignty.

History[]

Clone forces[]

"Galactic Empire? We're soldiers of the Republic."
"Republic, Empire… What's the difference?"
―Clone commandos Echo and Crosshair[16]
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Clone troopers constituted the ranks of the Stormtrooper Corps until they were supplanted by human recruits.

Inheriting the military forces of the Grand Army of the Republic, made up of millions of Kaminoan-made clone troopers, the Galactic Empire would immediately possess a large amount of highly trained infantry units, land and air assault vehicles as well as capital ships. These were used to support military excursions against forces opposed to the new Galactic Empire, among them remaining Separatist holdouts[16] such as the one on Desix.[17] Another use for the clones was to enforce the Empire's will in early occupations,[18] missions, and secruity efforts.[17]

In what clone troopers Ding and Kicker feared would be their future, clones were also dispatched to cleanup former Jedi[19] or Separatist sites, including the late Count Dooku's Castle Serenno, whose war chest was extracted by a large operation supervised by a clone company.[20] To Ding and Kicker, such missions were a sign that the clone army was to be phased out: while new recruits would become active soldiers, both feared their future would hold quiet cleanup missions.[19] Finally, elite clone units such as Clone Force 99[21] and Purge Troopers[22] were active. The former was tested by Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin[16] while the latter was at the disposal of Darth Vader and his Inquisitors.[22]

Project War-Mantle[]

Immediately after the formation of the Empire, Navy and Army officers began actively recruiting ambitious civilians for a new generation of Imperial troopers. This project, code-named War-Mantle was kept secret from the Imperial Senate and the first conscript troopers were deployed on clandestine operations including the elimination of the Onderon rebels.[23] On the meantime, clone commandos like SP-113,[24] Captain Gregor and Scorch were tasked with training the first generation of stormtroopers, codenamed TK stormtroopers on a secret facility on the planet Daro. Gregor alleged that one of the reasons clone troopers were to be phased out of the Imperial Army was because they were created to be soldiers loyal to the disbanded Republic.[25]

To fund this facility as well as the development of the troopers' new experimental armor, Vice Admiral Rampart, Kamino's new Imperial governor and a trustee of Tarkin started appropriating Senate-approved funds meant for Kamino by exploiting his influence in the Defense Finance Committee. Senator Halle Burtoni of Kamino discovered the transactions but was publicly disgraced by the Empire before she could act on her suspicions and forced to retire to living a private life on Coruscant.[26] With funding for the project secured, all that remained to be done was for the clone army to be permanently decommissioned to give Galactic Emperor Palpatine a pretext to move publicly with the stormtrooper corps. To that end, Rampart began increasingly interfering with Kaminoan politics, demanding to be notified of all that occurred in the capital[27] and making it known that the Empire considered clones too expensive to maintain.[16] Sensing the danger, Prime Minister Lama Su attempted to organize an evacuation of Kamino's cloning and science personnel, only to be discovered, giving Rampart the pretext he needed to arrest him for treason.[25] With Kamino's political leadership dealt with, Rampart had all remaining Imperial personnel evacuate the planet and ordered an atmospheric bombardment[28] which destroyed the cloning and military facilities.[29]

Legalization and official formation[]

The destruction of Kamino's facilities was covered up as the results of a cataclysmic storm; with no survivors left to testify otherwise, the incident became known as "the storm" throughout the Empire. Rampart then moved to the final step on forming the new army and proposed a new legislation, the Imperial Defense Recruitment Bill, to the Imperial Senate. According to the Bill, due to the Empire's lack of means to sustain the clone army it was to be decommissioned and replaced with an army of conscripted volunteers, recruited from among the galaxy's civilians to serve their Emperor,[30] even though in secret the Empire had already been training such recruits on Daro for the past year.[25] While the ongoing recruitment was kept secret from the Imperial Senate,[26] former Jedi Ahsoka Tano, who lived in hiding on the planet Thabeska before moving to the moon of Raada a little over a year into Imperial rule, came to know that clones were being phased out in favor of recruits.[31] Even though the Bill was yet to be passed,[32] non-clone recruits saw deployment in the place of clones to Thabeska, Raada,[31] and Desix.[33]

The Bill initially faced significant objections from the Senate[30] and tabled multiple times,[33] much to Palpatine's frustration. During one pre-voting session, Senators Bail Organa of Alderaan and Tynnra Pamlo of Taris publicly spoke against the need to create another army so soon after the end of the last great war, while Riyo Chuchi of Pantora expressed her frustration with the clones' lack of representation in a Bill that would affect them significantly. The bill proved divisive, as corporate Senators such as Gani Riduli of the InterGalactic Banking Clan and the Commerce Guild's representative passionately supported it, and the vote was postponed for the next session.[26] Outside the Senate, clone troopers publicly and privately expressed their concerns for the government's decision to decommission them after their service during the war.[26][30][33] Others like Slip and Cade were two of Rampart's crew members stationed on his Venator during Kamino's destruction. They attempted to reveal the incident to the Senate, but they were eliminated by a Clone X trooper, Clone X.[26]

X had been dispatched by Rampart to silence them. Slip had, however, managed to notify former Clone Captain Rex, who along with the now rogue Clone Force 99 managed to retrieve the command log from Rampart's Venator and bring it to the Senate during the final voting session. This evidence, along with former Senator Burtoni's testimony proved to be enough to convince the Senate of the Admiral's treason, and caused Vice Chair Mas Amedda to order his arrest. Palpatine then appeared before the Senate and gave a speech in which he expressed his belief that the incident demonstrated the clones' inability to be trusted and their tendency to blindly follow orders; therefore he suggested that a conscript army would be the solution to the problem. With this development, the Senate finally voted for the Bill, and the new army, named "Stormtrooper Corps" by Palpatine himself, was officially formed.[26]

Years in action[]

Due to the difficulty to immediately halt the military buildup that had began during the Clone Wars, the Corps continued to rely on Republic-era clones for a few years after the Proclamation of the New Order.[34] Nonetheless, the clone stormtroopers' fighting skills ultimately deteriorated due to their accelerated aging process.[34] In response, the Corps continued to accept non-clone recruits into its ranks, with most remaining clones being disbanded four years before the Battle of Yavin.[35] During the earlier years of the Galactic Empire, the Imperial army also deployed Imperial Army troopers 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 completely phased out and fought alongside stormtroopers, but the army's upgrade to increase stormtroopers had begun.[36]

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The dissolution of the Stormtrooper Corps followed the Galactic Empire's downfall at the Battle of Jakku.

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.[24] Members of the Stormtrooper Corps would see substantial military action on multiple against the Alliance to Restore the Republic and its successor state, the New Republic.[21][37] Following the Battle of Jakku[8] in 5 ABY,[10] 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.[8]

Legacy[]

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 saw action against the New Republic and the Resistance, a paramilitary organization led by General Leia Organa.[8]

Training and equipment[]

"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[38]
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Members of the Stormtrooper Corps were trained to show absolute loyalty to Imperial leadership.

Although their ranks were numerous and possessed some of the finest weaponry, armor and training with much development spearheaded by the Imperial Department of Military Research, stormtroopers were generally less respected as soldiers in comparison to their genetically engineered clone predecessors by the Empire's adversaries and surviving veterans of the Clone Wars. Captain Rex noted the relative inferiority of the new stormtrooper ranks, believing in his subjective opinion that poor training and equipment was partly to blame for the Corps' decrease in operational effectiveness.[39] Nevertheless, stormtroopers were trained to be fiercely loyal to Emperor Sheev Palpatine and were reputedly incapable of betraying him.[40] In addition to their allegiance to the Emperor, they loyally followed his apprentice and enforcer, the Sith Lord Darth Vader.[41]

According to Imperial records, the Corps never trained a trooper-turned-traitor,[5] but that was not true.[42] 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 that were conform to the standards of the Imperial Navy.[43]

Organization and structure[]

Overview[]

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Formations of stormtroopers served the Imperial Military as enforcers, soldiers, and security.

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.[44]

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.[45]

Leadership[]

"If you really think those people are heroes, you're deluding yourself. Darth Vader's own stormtroopers are praising him the same way."
―Rebel sergeant Hazram Namir[24]

The Stormtrooper Corps contained a number of field officers in the form of Stormtrooper Commanders. The various Imperial officers of the Empire also displayed commanding authority over stormtroopers.[12] As the head of the Empire,[46] Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine commanded the loyalty of the Stormtrooper Corps,[47] whose members were ready to die in his name, even when faced with poor odds.[48] Due to his status as Palpatine's Sith apprentice[41] and private enforcer,[24] which turned him into the Empire's unofficial Commander-in-Chief,[49] the Sith Lord Darth Vader also had massive authority over the Stormtrooper Corps. Together, Palpatine and Vader commanded the Empire's army of stormtroopers.[24] Vader lacked any kind of formal rank[49] and was simply regarded as a "lord"[50] by stormtroopers or any other Imperial.[51]

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Imperial stormtroopers rallied behind Darth Vader, who they seemed to basically worship as the hero of the Empire.

Vader had a unique relationship with the Stormtrooper Corps;[41] while Palpatine, as Galactic Emperor, once declared that all of Vader's authority only existed because he allowed it to,[46] the Twi'lek Isval, who confessed to have only heard second- and third-hand tales about the Sith Lord, had heard that the Stormtrooper Corps possessed an almost-religious level of loyalty to Vader.[41] Indeed, Moff Wilhuff Tarkin noticed that Vader and the stormtroopers who supported him had a great rapport.[52] First Sergeant Hazram Namir used the blind loyalty stormtroopers showed Vader as a warning; when he saw his fellow rebels' respect for the Rebel Alliance's leadership, the untrusting Namir remarked that Vader's stormtroopers praised the Sith Lord as a hero, just as they were doing with the Alliance officers.[24]

To the rank and file of the Empire, including its stormtroopers and the TIE pilots of the Imperial Navy, Vader was indeed a hero.[53] While the Emperor was tasked with governing the entire galaxy[54] and thus had to rule from a distance,[55] Vader led their forces from the frontline and repeatedly brought them to victory, which earned him immense respect and admiration from the Empire's rank and file.[53] While other officers might have remained away from active combat in the safety of a capital ship[56] or base,[57] Vader was someone who jumped into battle and then fought on the same level as the Stormtrooper Corps, who watched him fight with a chilling effectiveness. All the same, stormtroopers and other rank and file forces did fear Vader despite their love for the man. Still, that was not unique to the infantry and pilot classes: even the senior figures of the Imperial Officer Corps, who hated Vader and[53] the Commander-in-Chief level[49] authority he held over them, knew to fear the Dark Lord.[53]

Palpatine's remark about Vader's status only existing thanks to his blessing came during the Scourge of Coruscant, in which a number of stormtroopers on Coruscant were ordered to fire on Vader, with Palpatine using it to try and tell Vader that, without his blessing, he had nothing to command. Indeed, Palpatine even ordered Vader's own handpicked death trooper guard to turn on him.[46] Furthermore, Palpatine maintained an order amongst all of Vader's stormtrooper escorts to turn on his apprentice should he need to give the order.[58] Vader himself knew the importance of assembling his own private forces when he wanted to act behind his master's back.[59] However, various stormtroopers still displayed a great loyalty towards Vader,[60][61] with whom they directly fought under in the field[60] and thought of with great reverence.[61] The stormtroopers of Vader's personal 1st Legion possessed a degree of loyalty that was exceptional even amongst the Empire.[62]

Units[]

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Stormtrooper specializations[]

Infantry and variants[]

Scarif Garrison RO

Shoretroopers served alongside regular stormtroopers at the Battle of Scarif.

Acme-Sandtrooper

The dirted helmet of a desert stormtrooper

Imperial Shock Trooper canon

Imperial shock troopers comprised the Coruscant Guard.

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Scout troopers were light-armored reconnaissance units.

Elite and experimental units[]

Appearances[]

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Non-canon appearances[]

Sources[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Dawn of Rebellion
  2. AltayaCite "Imperial Troops" — Star Wars Encyclopedia (French edition only)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 AltayaCite "Imperial Troops" — Star Wars Encyclopedia
  4. StarWars-DatabankII Purge Troopers in the Databank (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know dates the formation of the Stormtrooper Corps to nineteen years before the Battle of Yavin, which corresponds to 19 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas.
  6. Star Wars: Dawn of Rebellion: The Visual Guide
  7. TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "Truth and Consequences"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary states 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. Since the Battle of Jakku ended the Galactic Civil War in 5 ABY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, it can deduced that the Stomtrooper Corps was dissolved in the same year as well.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  11. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  12. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Born in the Storm" — From a Certain Point of View
  14. Shattered Empire 2
  15. Lost Stars
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "Aftermath"
  17. 17.0 17.1 TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "The Solitary Clone"
  18. TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "Common Ground"
  19. 19.0 19.1 Darth Vader (2017) 2
  20. TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "Spoils of War"
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Aftermath
  22. 22.0 22.1 Darth Vader (2017) 16
  23. TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "Replacements"
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 24.7 24.8 24.9 Battlefront: Twilight Company
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "War-Mantle"
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "Truth and Consequences"
  27. TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "Reunion"
  28. TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "Return to Kamino"
  29. TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "Kamino Lost"
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "The Clone Conspiracy"
  31. 31.0 31.1 Ahsoka
  32. Star Wars: Dawn of Rebellion: The Visual Guide
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "The Solitary Clone"
  34. 34.0 34.1 StarWars SDCC 2014: Star Wars: A New Dawn Panel – Liveblog on StarWars.com (backup link)
  35. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "The Lost Commanders"
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  37. Star Wars: Shattered Empire
  38. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Breaking Ranks"
  39. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Relics of the Old Republic"
  40. StarWars-DatabankII Stormtroopers in the Databank (backup link)
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 Lords of the Sith
  42. Andor logo new Andor — "The Eye"
  43. Ultimate Star Wars
  44. Star Wars Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to a Galaxy Far, Far Away
  45. Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 Darth Vader (2020) 40
  47. Star Wars Rebels: Rebels Versus Empire Ultimate Sticker Book
  48. Learn to Draw Star Wars
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 Bust-Collection-Logo Star Wars Bust Collection 30 (Star Wars Universe: The Emperor's Inner Circle)
  50. Doctor Aphra (2016) 35
  51. Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
  52. 52.0 52.1 Tarkin
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 53.3 The Official Star Wars Fact File Part 119 (VAD9–12, The Emperor's Fist)
  54. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Family Reunion – and Farewell"
  55. Hidden Empire 5
  56. Darth Vader (2017) 15
  57. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  58. Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  59. Darth Vader (2015) 3
  60. 60.0 60.1 Darth Vader (2017) 24
  61. 61.0 61.1 "The Bucket" — From a Certain Point of View
  62. 62.0 62.1 Thrawn: Alliances
  63. 63.00 63.01 63.02 63.03 63.04 63.05 63.06 63.07 63.08 63.09 63.10 Star Wars: Commander
  64. Pirate's Price
  65. 65.0 65.1 65.2 Star Wars: Uprising
  66. Darth Vader (2017) 7
  67. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  68. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Droids in Distress"
  69. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story novelization
  70. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Art Attack"
  71. Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  72. SWInsider "Blade Squadron" — Star Wars Insider 149150
  73. Kanan 4
  74. 74.0 74.1 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  75. Thrawn
  76. Star Wars (2015) 72
  77. Guardians of the Whills
  78. Rogue One - Cassian & K-2SO Special 1
  79. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 8: Redemption"
  80. Andor logo new Andor — "Announcement"
  81. StarWars-DatabankII Snowtroopers in the Databank (backup link)
  82. HasbroInverted Star Wars: The Black Series (Pack: Imperial Forces) (backup link)
  83. StarWars-DatabankII Sandtroopers in the Databank (backup link)
  84. Adventures in Wild Space: The Rescue
  85. Aftermath: Life Debt
  86. Star Wars Battlefront II
  87. 87.0 87.1 Star Wars: Galactic Defense
  88. Star Wars Black Series 6" - Battlefront Imperial Shock Trooper on www.ordersixtysixtoys.co.uk (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  89. HasbroInverted Star Wars: The Black Series (Pack: The Mandalorian Incinerator Stormtrooper Premium Electronic Roleplay Helmet) (backup link)
  90. StarWars-DatabankII incinerator troopers in the Databank (backup link)
  91. EAFavicon-Logo Rebels & Soldiers – Star Wars Battlefront on Electronic Arts' official website (backup link)
  92. Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader's Castle 5
  93. EAFavicon-Logo The Planets of Star Wars Battlefront on Electronic Arts' official website (backup link)
  94. Star Wars: Force Arena
  95. 95.0 95.1 StarWars-DatabankII Scout Troopers in the Databank (backup link)
  96. Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks
  97. Star Wars Battlefront
  98. SideshowLogo2021 Sixth Scale Figures (Pack: Spacetrooper Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys) (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  99. Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions
  100. Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition
  101. StarWars-DatabankII Imperial Death Troopers in the Databank (backup link)
  102. Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 80 (Helmets: Death Trooper)
  103. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  104. Star Wars (2015) 19
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