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I was thinking about scouts in a SM army recently. Now we all know that scouts are the chosen from what ever back water planet the SM chapter is recruiting from. Then they are given the implants and training and if they survive they become one of the Emperors finest.
I play Black Templars and they have the Neophytes (Scouts) mix it up with the Initiates (Marines) in big squads. Now that makes sense to me, having a master watching his student and also teaching him how to fight in the heat of battle.
Alternatively, in a codex marine army the new recruits are sent off and are set up away from the rest of the army. If nothing else I thought that the actual marines would infiltrate (since they have the experience and better protection of power armor). The scouts would then setup with the bulk of the army to watch what is happening and learn.
Basically, why do scouts (the newest recruits) infiltrate and set up away from the army?
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The idea is scouts are the new guys of the army that need to gain valuable experience and learn the craft of war. Some chaptions (space wolves) have scouts that are actually the veterans's of campaigns and have learned the value of inflitration. They then utilize their Vetern's to lead the novices (Blood Claws) and teach them the way to fight.
Other chapters have a scout sgt leader who is a novice with some experience, as in the Soul Drinkers books. However, by upgrading the regular scout sgt to a "Vetern" in an army list it is supposed to indicate the scouts being led by an actual vetern space marine thus they get access to wargear.
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As Mouse said, it's to help them learn the value of things like infiltration and the like in war. It's also, I think, that power armour isn't that easy to infiltrate in, and so chapters make the most of it when they've got members who're ready to go out in lesser armours (correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Space Wolves scouts are in power armour either).
Space Wolves scouts themselves prove somewhat of a quandary, too; I can understand that a chapter would send out its less-valuable members as cannon fodder in various situations, thus explaining why they're prepared to let novices loose and fight their way out. But then why do Space Wolves have veteran scouts, unless it is purely an indulgence of those scouts' "loner" nature?
Well it's more or less exactly that - the Space Wolves indulge the sort of "loner" nature of their scouts because (if I remember correctly) they become scouts by choice, not assignment. On the other hand, scouts fulfill a different sort of battlefield role than simple "cannon fodder" akin to the role that Stealth Suits fulfill in a Tau army. They are probably not factored into battlefield plans and have full operational freedom to support the main attacking force.
Basically life sucks, there is only war and you're probably gonna get eaten by Tyranids, have fun.