Elite-troopers are the elite shock troops of the Valcarian Empire, fanatically loyal and answerable directly to Emperor Altharra. Formed into the Etrooper Corps, Etroopers operate alongside Army and Navy units, as well as alone.
If a man between the ages of 18 and 30 scores in the top fifth percentile, an Imperial recruiting agent would contact these people and presumably arrange for transport to a training base. Men who do not score that high are still wanted as regular soldiers. Also, it is preferable if Etrooper recruits meet a certain standard in height and weight.
The Etrooper Corps is not directly tied to the Imperial Army, and maintains its own command structure, ranking system and support facilities. Etroopers are loyal only to Emperor Altharra himself, and only follow orders from Army and Navy personnel at their discretion.
The basic unit of organization is the individual trooper. Each Etrooper is assigned a number for tactical purposes and to reinforce the Imperial ethic of uniformity. Etroopers are organized into squads, platoons, companies, battalions, regiments and legions. A company commander can give command to any regular officer over any given squad or platoon. A single battalion consists of eight hundred and twenty soldiers.
Etrooper officers are traditionally top level graduates from the Imperial Academy. In battle, commissioned Etrooper officers wear standard Etrooper armor with rank insignia to indicate status. Non-commissioned officers are identified in the field with shoulder pauldrons instead of the standard rank squares worn over the armor. For non-combat situations, officers wear a black tunic-and-pants dress uniform including a cap, boots, gloves, and standard rank squares.
In addition to their military role as elite troops, Etroopers constitute an important part of Altharra's New Order. Etrooper training is accompanied by thorough indoctrination to Imperial ideology, above and beyond what the normal military is exposed to, and Etroopers are closely associated with the Emperor himself. This is particularly significant in light of the tensions between the Emperor and the Navy.