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||Clone and Old Republic Troopers
|ARF (Advanced Recon Force) Trooper
These clone troopers were often
tasked with scouting out the enemy
position on the battlefield.
Although stealthy and well-trained,
recon troopers' duties differed from
that of clone commandos or
Advanced Recon Commandos as
their focus was on gathering
information about the enemy or
carrying out surprise attacks.
Before the introduction of the AT-RT
drivers, ARF troopers would often be
pressed into service in that capacity.
In terms of equipment, ARF troopers were often provided with DC-15A blaster rifles, DC-15S blasters, chainguns, and missile launchers along with thermal detonators. They wore also a light weight recon armor made of plastoid material as well as
were equipped with surveillance
gear. The belt contained spare
ammunition and a medical syringe.
On the left arm they had a comlink
and a life-form scanner. Their
helmet had an infrared camera so
that they could operate in dark
places as well as recognizing friends
or foes. They often carried a
backpack with some basic stuff,
such as survival rations,C.S.E.L.
(Combat Survivor Evader Locator)
and explosives, but it was possible
to have a rope, a macrobinocular,
ice-axe and a first-aid-kit. They
would often wear armor that fit the
environment of the planet they were
In addition, they often rode All
Terrain Recon Transports which
could be a dangerous assignment as
these walkers required their
operator to show dexterity as well
as considerable skill. This was
largely due to the fact that they
were exposed to enemy fire while
they conducted their missions.
These vehicles meant that ARF
troopers often considered
themselves a breed apart from
other clone troopers as they
believed riding an AT-RT was more
akin to riding on a living animal than
driving a vehicle. Their training
often started with first riding living
mounts before they were allowed to
operate an AT-RT walker.