From the back of the rules book:
"JOIN THE STAR ARMY!
It's not a job, it's an adventure!
"Yeah right, whatever. Okay, listen up kid. I'm not going to sugar-coat it for you. The Star Army is hell. You're the first to arrive and the last to leave. What do you really do? Well let me tell you son..."
In 5150 - Star Army you're a Platoon Leader trying to keep your men alive while completing your missions. Make that you're trying to complete your mission and if your men stay alive that's even better. You're the tip of the Gaea Prime spear and your enemies are many. The Empire is hungry and growing and that means you're always at war. As a Star Army Platoon Leader you'll be fighting other humanoids, alien races and things that don't fit into either class. Their faces may change but the enemy is still the enemy and you have a job to do.
So go do it soldier!
In 5150 - Star Army we give you the tools you'll need to do the job:
- Rules for infantry, vehicles, heavy weapons and air support.
- Six pre-generated scenarios that take place on, under and even above the ground.
- Over 10 different army lists including both unique humanoids and aliens.
- Rules to BYOA - Build your own army.
- Complete campaign rules that are easy on the book keeping yet real in results.
5150 - Star Army can be played solo, same-side with everyone against the game mechanics or head to head against your friends. Playable with any figures, in any scale, this easy to learn yet tough to master game is perfect for the casual or battle hardened gamer.
You don't even feel the bumps anymore, too many jumps for that. Damn, the soldiers are getting younger and younger or maybe you're just getting older? The green light flashes and you run your final check. All's good and you brace for touchdown. Bam! The door drops and your squad piles out immediately coming under fire. The last thing you remember is...
It's not a job, it's an adventure!"
And from the website copy:
"5150 - Star Army is a man to man skirmish game where one figure equals one man, alien, or vehicle. Start off with a squad and soon you'll be playing platoons and companies...
...5150 - Star Army is about military combat. It's a game about soldiers, tanks, platoons, strafing runs, artillery barrages, hordes of Bugs and much more.If you're looking for a RPG type game with a small band of figures gaining experience and using a variety of skills, this ain't it! THAT would be 5150: New Hope City, coming this July. Now off to war soldier!"