August 1, 2011
Page 30 Book 5: The War Diaries
Strictly speaking, the average Exersus soldier is actually more highly trained than the average Imperial soldier. This comes about from a variety of factors, such as a history of combat due to personal predilections, having to survive pursuit by Imperial forces, and of course the in-house training of Exersus itself (a lot of which has been modeled off of the regime Enko instated for her special forces group).
However, the average palace guard is still more dangerous than the average Exersus soldier, and the Stradville forces have significantly superior numbers than the Exersus units outside the barrier.