Orbital Drop Shock Troopers
- 2163 CE
- Primary HQ:
- Kenosha, Tanais - Mars
- Specialized segment of the UNSC Marine Corps.
The Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, commonly known as ‘ODST,’ is a volunteer force within the UNSC Marine Corps, operationally managed by the Naval Special Weapons (NAVSPECWEP) division. ODST personnel are aggressively screened, and their brutal training program generally weeds out all but a handful of candidates. Early iterations of the ODST were created by the United Nations in 2129. By the Interplanetary War in 2163, the role of orbitally deployed Marine shock troopers had become a proper element of the newly founded UNSC Marine Corps. Since then, they have been a critical component of humanity’s military power, particularly during the Insurrection and the Human-Covenant War, arguably second only to the Spartan super-soldier projects.
ODST are named and known for their notable method of deployment, a process called “transorbital support interdiction.” Much like paratroopers of centuries past, ODST
ODST units are generally divided into fireteams of six to eight