My characters are fugitives or part of a resistance trying to beat a dystopian military. I don't want them to be completely helpless should they encounter a soldier, but I also don't want them to have a fucking Death Star to obliterate any opposition. But whenever I try and come up with a plausible way for these fugitives to stand a chance, all I can really come up with is years of training in either police or military. Which for many reasons simply wouldn't work. I know there are alternatives but I'm not sure how to implement them without just going with the "years of police training" cop out, pun intended.