When the two warriors found the location of the Omega mimic in Edge of Tomorrow, why did Sergeant Rita Vrataski and Major/Private William Cage choose to take the squad he was assigned to, as opposed to this mob of faceless bad-asses?
What makes me think they were bad-asses (or rather, more bad-ass than your average troop packing weaponized armor)?
They were assigned to Rita's squad!
- After becoming a hero in Verdun, we might expect that she would be assigned a group of soldiers who had not only applied to be part of her squad, but were accepted according to ability.
- But more importantly, she had become quite ruthless. In one of the
loops she encounters William in a situation where it is not clear he can continue,
and without hesitation she takes the battery powering his armor. This is
effectively a death sentence on the grunt wearing the armor. She would
not accept inferior troops and would see to it that such troops were either trained
(in the simulator) until they were good, or injured to the extent that they
were hospitalized (whereupon she could probably get them reassigned to a different,
'less strenuous' squad, while getting a new replacement to try).
- She would most likely set higher standards for the training of her own squad. (Read 'lots of time in the simulator'.)
- If the trooper survived an extensive time in the simulator, it would mean they had excellent skills, and even if they got a significant injury while training, she could probably get them reassigned in order to try someone new.
- During training, she would have gotten to know each troopers' strengths and weaknesses, and would therefore be able to utilize them more effectively.
Further to the 'take the most bad-ass troops available' point is another matter. William had to spend time convincing his assigned squad (who only met him that day) to follow Rita and himself in a mission. If Rita had taken her own troops, that conversation would have been more like this:
Sergeant Vrataski: Change of plan. We won't go in with the troops tomorrow, because we get the chance to finish this tonight. This guy (indicates William) has intel that could prove vital. He'll be my 2IC for the mission. Suit up & report to pad 61 by 20 hundred hours.
So, why did the pair of them choose to go with William's squad given they were both less experienced and harder to convince than Rita's own?