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Old February 23rd, 2013, 02:03 AM
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Never really thought about it from an OTU perspective. I'd tend to agree with Carlobrand's observation and add to it that modern/future combat troops are highly trained to survive and be effective on modern battlefields. Without that training, penal battalions wouldn't last long enough to be worth the hassle transporting them there.

Hard labour battalions though would be a good use, especially to develop new hostile worlds with corrosive atmospheres unfriendly to heavy machinery. Another option might be on worlds with dangerous eco-systems, perhaps as scouts/sample collectors or maybe to keep perimeters clear around habitats.

I'm probably heading down the hostile penal planet route with this thinking though.
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