I just recieved a copy of Escape from Innsmouth I ordered, plus MoN.
I'm flipping through EfI, and the Raid scenario has some really wierd numbers for the Marines.
Your average human has, according to the standard CoC rolls, about a 90-95 total tally for their stats. A "Typical Veteran Marine" has 120, including a 14 EDU, 2 points beyond high-school education, along with INT 14 and POW 15, not to mention excellent physical stats, even a 12 APP.
WTF is this? I'm generous, and for Investigators I hand out 105 or 110 points, depending on how I'm feeling. But I'm reading the section, and my reaction is more or less "WTF?"
I had no idea that 1920s Marines were so well-educated, especially when you consider that nowadays most enlisted Marines usually have just managed to squeak through high school. It's not an insult to the USMC, it's simple reality: In the US, as in most other Western countries, the military is often the only way for poor, uneducated kids, disproportionately Southern, to get some sort of education and some job prospects.
INT and EDU get even higher for some named Marines, high even for the officers, except for Sgt. Grabatowski, who has a 9 EDU, 4 lower than your "Typical Marine Recruit".
Marines in general are famous for being brave, for being good in combat, for being tough, etc. Qualities notably missing from that list include "exceptionally well-educated" and "more intelligent than the norm". Neither of those qualities is really useful in a combat soldier, beyond knowing which part of a grenade to throw, and being able to understand instructions. Keeping one's cool is far more useful.
I'm just confused as to why the stats are so high, especially for mental stats. Nothing gives me a headache like reading through a scenario and encountering these bizarre, "why-have-the-investigators-along-they'll-just-lower-the-average-stats" friendly NPCs.