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―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.[19] Regarded as the Empire's chief enforcers, the Corps would serve to remind both the military and civilian populace of the Empire's military supremacy.

Inheriting the military forces of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Corps would possess a large amount of highly trained infantry to support military excursions against remaining Separatist holdouts. The Corps would ultimately be founded by a group of clone commandos.[12] Due to the military buildup during the Clone Wars, the Corps would continue to rely on Republic-era clone troopers for a few years after the proclamation of the New Order. Nonetheless, the Imperial clone trooper's fighting skills would ultimately deteriorate due to their accelerated aging process.[20] In response, the Corps would accept non-clone recruits into its ranks, with most remaining clones being disbanded four years before the Battle of Yavin.[21] During the Galactic Civil War, the Corps would undergo an accelerated training process to provide more soldiers more quickly to suit the Empire's needs.[12]

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. Clone Captain CT-7567 noted the inferiority of the new stormtrooper ranks, believing poor training and equipment was partly to blame for the Corps decrease in operational effectiveness.[22]

According to Imperial records, the Corps has never had a trooper turned traitor.[18]

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