I think through out Star Wars history troopers have been considered the butt of the Republic. But take into consideration that without soldiers to aid them the Jedi would be poodoo and the Republic little more than a Rancor Zit (do Rancors get zits??).
I'm gonna be trooper and my lasers will bring the trooper class its vindication! :D
I also dislike how in KotOR 1 & 2 and through out the Clone Wars, troopers are little more than fodder.