BATs are the perfect Cobra Troopers. They never question orders, complain about the chow, shirk duty, or surrender. They require no leave-time, sick-pay, or benefits of any kind, and they are cheap and easy to replace. On the other hand, BATs do not react very well to changes in field conditions, nor do they discriminate between targets. They will shoot at anything that moves, be it friend, foe, or animal. They also have an unfortunate tendency to burst into flame when hit from behind. . .
"BATs are dangerous to everybody. They'll shoot, bayonet, or kick anything in sight; Cobra Infantrymen don't like to be on the same battlefield with BATs. When a Cobra unit is losing a battle they will dispense BATs into the midst of the firefight in order to evacuate the area easily."