Of course, the alternative would be to get stationed in outer space waxing the floors of the Death Star, bleaching your stormtrooper helmet because Darth Vader’s shuttle is about to land, and conducting 1st echelon maintenance on grimy trash compactors.
There is no doubt in my mind the Tatoonine stormtroopers regard their Death Star counterparts with a certain amount of disdain. As a matter of fact, the stormtroopers out in the dunes shooting up Jawas and Sandpeople probably openly despise the Mos Eisley pogues who are conducting droid searches in between PX runs and stops at the cantina.
|“You don’t need to see his liberty card. These are not the lance corporals you are looking for.”|
Finally, in the Marines we historically put a lot of weight in marksmanship. Stormtroopers aboard the Death Star are notoriously horrific shots. I suspect an overabundance of weapons maintenance could be the culprit but it’s more likely Death Star security forces are just weak sauce. In contrast, the Tatooine detachment of stormtroopers were dead eye killers.
|“And these blast points, too accurate for Sandpeople. Only Imperical stormtroopers are so precise.” At least planet side stormtroopers are.|
So when you’re in the Imperial stormtrooper recruiting office and they give you a choice between duty space side or planet side, remember what you are signing up for. As for me, I’ll take Tatooine.
UPDATE: Was directed to this article on Reddit decrying the myth that Imperial stormtroopers were lousy shots. I like the article but I prefer my grunt vs. pogue view of the stormtrooper issue.