Something I've wondered for a long time. Does the Federation of some kind of infantry or ground force? If they do, do they have a lower standard than the people who serve in the fleet?
I was just wondering since there are some references to ground battles in DS9.
- If you're asking about a separate service, there is nothing in canon about one after the founding of the Federation. The MACOs have never been seen or mentioned in any time periods after Enterprise. There is the interesting and so far unexplained dark blue undershirts seen here, but nothing is said either way about them. All ground battles seen in DS9 were fought by members of Starfleet, so no help there either. So as far as canon goes, the only Federation ground troops seen were Starfleet. If you go outside of canon into the licensed works, at Memory Beta, there is a lot more info. - Archduk3 11:56, May 19, 2010 (UTC)