The evil empire maintains different types of "armies"
One of which is a sort of Praetorian guard organization. And while I love history I can't help but feel absolute disgust by the actual Praetorian guards so our guys are fictional.
Now their training starts from 7-10 with 10 being the maximum age of acceptance.
Which leads me to wonder if there are any actual tangible advantages of having an insanely deadly training program?
The rate of success is about 30%.
The ultimate goal of the guards is to produce the most perfect soldier/bodyguard/assassin/ imaginable.
Men and women both lose their own identity and lose the ability to produce children. The setting does not matter. They are not worried about human rights. Children are forced in and almost brainwashed. They are taken from orphans and slaves so no family or identity to begin with.
They are tools of the emperor and nothing more. But they are expected to be the absolute perfect tools and most capable overall people in general.
They even train them to be advanced doctors and engineers...etc
So are there actual proven benefits of such a deadly training program?
What does history say for example? I mean sure the Spartans were known for years to be amazing warriors but it's not they were the only great warriors.
That leads me to stress the associated benefits of the deadliness of the training as opposed to just good training. Like good training trains them to face death yes. But this one expect a bunch of them to flat out die.
Basically I'm asking if we have the same exact excellent training program but in case A they don't expect 7/10 to die and in case B they think that letting those 7 die means that the 3 left are great. Does that indeed achieve that result? So. With good training would I have the same awesome guards?
Obviously there are a lot of things about the guard that I made but I simply want to focus on this aspect here.