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I noticed something interesting when I read back over the scene with Marlo, Hitch, Annie and the rest of their MP squad. Marlo said "Passing the whole mission onto new recruits not even a month in the force."
This would seem to indicate that Marlo's entire squad (I counted 9 when they were lined up on the wall but I'm assuming it is a total of 10) is from the 104th Trainee Squad. This would presumably make them Ranks 12 - 20 Annie being in the top 10 and Yimir logically having to be 11 if she gave up her spot for Krista in the top 10. Though this would also assume that no one in 12 - 20 died in the battle of Trost or joined the scouting legion with the main characters. Also Boris suggested that Hitch got in due to dishonest means so that might be worth considering as well.
But if they are from the 104th , why weren't they sent out to the little cabin in the woods with the rest of the squad because they were suspected of having traitors in their midst? And while we're on that topic, how the hell did the entire 104th (which I counted to be about 400 soldiers from their graduation formation) fit in a single cabin?
Another explanation would be that there were there multiple trainee squads going on simultaneously and the 104th was just one of them. This would make all of Marlo's squad from trainee squads other than the 104th. But, at Irvine's speech the size of the formation was only slightly smaller than the one at graduation (presumably due to casualties during the Trost battle). So if there are more than one training squad going on, does Irvine just go around to each group as needed?
Another thing to consider is that only about 100 years have passed since the humans took refuge inside the walls. This would make it about 1 trainee squad formed per year, give or take a few depending on when the military program started. This being the case, Marlo's squad would likely have to be from the 104th, unless multiple trainee squads were commissioned after the first wall was destroyed to combat the higher level of threat.
So, what do you think about this?
They are not from the 104th Squad. Only the 10 best can choose where to go, if you aren't among them you can only join the SC or the Garrison.
I am also confused as to where Marlo Squad comes from. At first I thought maybe each region has its own trainee corp with Eren's Crew coming from the south region. However if this was true wouldn't Marlo Squad members been assigned to their respective inner Shina districts instead of the south one?
Only the top 10 can choose, that doesn't mean that individuals can't be selected. And if they aren't from the 104th, then where are they from? If no one from the 104th made it into the MP's wouldn't the ranks of the MP's start to dwindle? Does this imply that their were other training squads or what? And if so, why were all of them assigned to the southern Shina district like Gmuni said?
There were several Training Squads parallel to the 104th, Marlo was probably in one of those others. I can't really guess on what criteria the higher-ups assign fresh recruits to squads, but I can guess that before the Fall of Wall Maria, it was probably based on their town of origin. As for the assignment of those who have just gotten out of their training, it probably depends on which branch of the Military the soldier chose. If s/he chose the Scouting Legion, then s/he is assigned to a squad that has recently lost members, if s/he chose the Garrison or the Police, then it probably depends on their town of origin, skills and on the number of soldiers a District has.
This is just my guess though.
I don't know if they're from the 104th, but I thought everyone who was "quarantined" outside Wall Sina was a fresh Recon Corps recruit (from the 104th). I didn't think anything was done at all to the folks in the Stationary Corps or Military Police. If I'm missing something, please refresh my memory...Quote:
Yeah, that would also make sense, I should have thought of that. :PQuote:
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At least according to him/her, there are a multiple training corps and that the 104th refers to a period of time. So technically, if Marlo and the others graduated at the same time as Annie, they're still part of the 104th albeit on a different location.
Last edited by Yumpo; October 21, 2013 at 01:40 PM.
Good find. I never would have guessed that there would be more than one 104th squad.
I never thought about the jurisdiction angle. That makes a lot of sense and would explain both the absence of Annie and the absence of the greater bulk of the former 104th.
I always just considered that they may have been born within the inner wall thus automatically able to join.
Oh well.Cheers Yumpo.
Just my two cents, it's mentioned that they've been MPs for "less than a month". They aren't introduced into the story until potentially days or maybe even a few weeks after the Survey Corps return from their expedition which happens a month after the 104th graduates. This means that they joined the MPs AFTER the 104th trainees had selected their military branches. So I would imagine they were part of the 104th who fell outside the top 10 and decided to join the garrison, and then were selected later by the MPs to fill however many openings they had.
Well, Eren and the others can't possibly be the only top 10 of the Training Corps. Their top 10 probably is only from the Southern Region of Wall Rose. There are possibly other top 10's out there like from the East, West and North regions of both Wall Rose and Sina. Thus, you could still assume that some of them are fresh graduates from being Trainees.
Well didn't they mention the MPs number around 2000 soldiers and the Garrison somewhere around 5000? I don't remember if they give a number for the Survey Corps but I'd imagine its less than 3000, making the entire armed forces number less than 10,000 total. If I remember correctly Eren et al were in a class of 400-500 trainees. If there were 4 classes of 500 total, one for each region, that would mean the entire military would grow by over 20% every graduation, which seems way too high a number.