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First thing take into account real only get see small part of the battle of Klendathu argument three possible reasons why did not see them
FIrst the bugs took out.
Second it was longer campaign special force might been top priority to save defense lines could moved order to save with cover fire which is most likely take into account Rico was not killed and with out help he should have one could argue main star that rule is the main star never died .
Third possible of course is there was none and that Rico survival because was main star.
I say most likely second that they did have combat forces that were used to act as cover fire retreat force and special force were give top priority
My theory in general why normal Starfleet personal did not wear armor or us personal force fields has do most time real risk of mission Starfleet officers face. Unless on Star Terk TV shows your like kill follow crew member hand phaser setting to high level because body armor or personal force field then you are hit by enengry base weapon. Also advance able move faster in general. Last reason have to do simple effective are personal force fields or body armor. Two security officer we saw Nor batte to the strong were at least knock out possible killed. The borg are only able adapt to phaser setting and higher the setting the harder time have adapt to it.
Of course this does not go into Federation peace keeping force. In the alternate reality, Christopher Pike described the United Federation of Planets to James T. Kirk as a peace-keeping and humanitarian armada in 2255. (Star Trek) . All likelihood use both ground personal and Federation navy portal and starships. Here the link https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Armada
We know some Rebel ships escape the battle at Scarff. No reason per say Leia send message Rebel Base that they the Death star plans but, Milliennium Falcon likely bug. Give Han Sola have the ship carry money Han Sola and just go.Study details of Death star at Yavin IV.Were likely found less costly plan to destroy the Death star rather losing get number their best pilots. In practice the Death star had many weakness if battle Scarif questionable justified after all the thermal exhaust port was only one many weakness it biggest weakness factor depend X-9 heavy turbolaser battery and ship size Millennium Falcon fly right in. You could fit something like X-9 heavy Turblaser on ship even smaller Millennium Falcon with the Rebel able to make makeshift. Rebel Fleet attack in that way it like per say destroy this does even go into in theory commandos. This weakness Rebel found about relative early. This also beside point main question why did Millennium Falcon not drop Rebel on Rebel ship.
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We only get to see MACO us scaner twice once rescue Hoshi Sato. Second investigating a pirating attack.
Know have see MACO place demolish charges in ENT: "The Shipment"
This hardly mean that MACO training could allow us the scaner effect need help make Xindi super weapon go boom. Archer need to us scaner before put charges in place.
Possible he try and fail to become tactic officer which train use scaner or tircord to put charge to right setting cause maximum damage. Starfleet might will said sorry we can make Caption but, you do have what take to tactic officer.
Talk about reason for him to anger with United Federation of planets.