Quote:The thing about this is that the SPARTAN-IVs can do all of this, and assumedly, they can do it better.
Better, yes, especially when you consider that its members were drawn from many of these very ranks. That doesn't, however, guarantee that Spartan detachments can bear down organic assets to fulfill the same level of capability that special operations capable units possess.
Quote:Now, its not specifically stated how many people are in the IVs, but the branch is at least 500 SPARTANs strong. With all these SPARTANs, redeployment of SPARTANs to important / high-risk situations becomes a lot less taxing, and more practical.
Spartans, individually, would cost far more per individual to deploy than an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper or equivalent troop. Bear in mind that you would need to move in the appropriate technicians and medical staff, and the accompanying tech and infrastructure to accommodate effective operation of their advanced capability. Many of these personnel are civilians and are thus not capable of defending themselves in any meaningful capacity so you would need security teams for these facilities.
Once in the field the Spartans would be a tremendous force-multiplier, but they are a logistical headache for the first phases of a prolonged operation. That's why Infinity
is so vital to Spartan deployment. A company of ODST's, meanwhile, numbering anywhere from 100 to 300 Marines, merely needs a frigate with minimal aviation and stowage facilities to sustain themselves for a short length of time.
Quote:Sure, ODSTs have the numbers on their side, but from the perspective of utility, if you're given the choice between SPARTANs or ODSTs, you're going to send SPARTANs.
I would employ Spartans in the roles best suited to their capability. They don't need to be implemented as a swiss army knife like we experience ourselves in the game. Deep reconnaissance or direct action into foreign lands with heavy resistance is where Spartans would shine. Establishing and defending a beachhead kilometers-wide for heavier forces as they're deployed from orbit, I would go with ODST's.
Quote:I'm just wondering, given how much larger this SPARTAN branch is, if the ODSTs as a unit have been forced to adapt and change their role given the change in military format post-war.
Little to none. The role of the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers did not change with the adventation of ORION, SPARTAN-II, or the far more numerous SPARTAN-III capability within the ranks of Naval Special Warfare.
For real-world precedent, I will reference highly-trained conventional forces compared to expanding special operations forces. 50 years ago as the Vietnam War was soon to intensify, the ranks of the Green Berets and the Navy SEALs grew exponentially as America needed more elite commando troops deep behind enemy lines. These troops went through rigorous training no one else would dream of completing, as well as undertaking the same courses a lot of conventional troops completed.
Meanwhile, we still had three Airborne and Air Assault divisions and a handful of smaller brigades and battalions, and five Marine divisions still capable of many duties, and all highly trained in them.
Their role wasn't changed in the slightest. They remained just as they were before the expansion of special operations forces grew. Simply put, special operations filled a role that these larger elite forces didn't even have in the first place, at least not as a primary component.
The individual special operations troop today has millions invested into their basic qualifications and specialized role training at the start, then continuing on into further training, and their deployment and equipment. I don't even want to calculate what that all means when you add in the rigorous training Spartan candidates endure. Not to mention the composition and application of their augmentations and the rehabilitation from them. Last but not least... MJOLNIR.
You'd probably be spending just as much collectively, if not considerably less, on a highly-capable platoon of a few dozen Orbital Drop Shock Troopers compared to one SPARTAN-IV.