And this is why safeties on weapons were invented.
The best-laid plans of mice and rabbits...
The danger of giving guns to undertrained starship crew.
Indeed. The ILR's training, at least for this crew, seems rather lacking. Of course, it may be that they intended all along to throw the ship and its crew away.
On the other hand, how often would starship tech specialists be expected to play solider? When I was in the AF, there was not war skills training, as we were expected to be techs or office weanies.
You'd've gotten refresher firearms training before the AF deployed you to an operatinal area. No one expects infantry level proficiency from support personnel, but they do have to be able to fight.
That said, this is unforgivably sloppy.
I strongly suspect that THIS crew was expected to die gloriously in the initial attack.
They're critically under supplied, and why waste training if you're not wasting supplies?