Red Squad or Cadet Training Squadron 47 was an elite group of cadets at Starfleet Academy. Red Squad members received special classes and advanced field training.
For eight months, Red Squad carried out the missions assigned to the Valiant, until, on stardate 51825, the Valiant engaged a Dominion battleship prototype. The ship was lost, with only three survivors ? one Red Squad cadet among them, Dorian Collins. (DS9: "Valiant")
Another post had brought up the fact that Sol System content would be real cool and I'd commented on a training acadamy. Then I thought of this from TNG.
In STF's, we all know newcomers [nbs] to team-play late game are ill prepared, whether it be character build, ship build, or mission tactics. RTS-47 would offer accolades for completion of storyline based content which incorporates education in all 3 areas. Imagine seeing someone coming into CSE with the title: Red Squad Leader. I'd fly with em anyday.
"When diplomacy fails, there's only one alternative: violence. Force must be applied without apology. It's the Starfleet way." Capt. Kathryn Janeway - Living Witness [4.23]
One has to admire the enormous brass balls demonstrated by Red Squad. They were young, highly ambitious, self-assured in the face of overwhelming odds, unquestioningly loyal to their superior officers regardless of what was demanded of them, and did what they were told even when treason was the line they were ordered to cross when the situation was dire enough.
Exactly the kind of people who will get us all killed if we're not careful.
I started out, once I hit VA, doing only Normal STF's till I acquired enough EDC's to equip my ship with the Borg setup and all Mark XI weapons. After that, I felt I was ready to enter into the Elite version, without being a hindrance to those who were more experienced than I was. Since then, I only do the Elite, as the rewards are better and, in reality, it's not that much more difficult than Normal.
That being said, I would gladly participate in a "Training Academy" for STF's, if for no other reason than to improve my abilities and to be able to better help the team I'm with. I don't consider myself all that good at STF's, though I normally survive them and would appreciate the extra training that this Academy would provide.