As for Armek, yes, I'd avoid him but there's only 6 STFs in the entire game, and someone's got to get those EDCs somehow.
If you just want EDC then Space STFs are much more efficient for gaining EDC due to them being so much faster. I have both my Mk XI sets now so only play the Ground STFs I want to play so I run Infected and KA a lot but hardly ever the Cure. I'm going to have to run it eventually though, I want that MACO Team Commander Title and despite having half the Elite optionals I still have got the MACO Team Specialist due to not having run the Cure yet.
It's less efficiency and more the wish to do something other than cure space for the 300th time.
I suppose it's time to bite the bullet and reroll federation sci/escort for a mix of support DPS (and hey, subnucleonic beam is the best PVP power ever.) the ability to obtain MACO gear, and tank'n'spank on the ground like old times. Thanks for the opinions.