Beyond the Stars
The Galactic Army is the planet-based arm of the Galactic Federation. Though the Navy is more visible in terms of space travel, the Galactic Army is used for operations where orbital bombardment is either ineffective or undesired. They are used as peacekeepers on restless worlds and are often the largest influx of early settlers on a new planet once a colony is chartered.
The Army maintains a professional rivalry with the Galactic Navy. The Navy tends to be better funded and equipped with the latest technology; though the Army has far superior tech to any civilian group, it prides itself on using older, more rugged equipment unconventionally. The Army also tends to be somewhat less rigid in its chain of command; individual squads of soldiers are given more latitude to achieve mission objectives than their Naval counterparts. The Navy sees this as further proof of the Army’s disarray, but the Army sees this as training their soldiers to be more than drones that would be useless without command. The Galactic Army does work with the Navy when coordinated force is needed. This partnership can be tenuous, but the good of the galaxy more or less always remains the priority.