"I don't have to outrun the reanimates, I just have to outrun you".
Banish this thought from your mind! Never again let it come calling! It is not my place to be the thought police, but I will stomp the throat of anyone who practices such blasphemy.
This puts you in danger, this puts allies in danger, and worse - this mars our reputation. That is unforgivable! If settlements wanted just another man with a gun - they would find a man, and give him a gun. When they turn to us, they are looking for professionals. For serious help. For those who can do what they can not.
Our reputation is what makes them willing to negotiate. Our litany of service, and every little rumor spread is what separates us from shoot on sight bandits. A tool on the black market - you can inspect it, and judge its worth. Armed men, you can't just check their teeth, kick the tires, and put a bit on your tongue to gauge the quality.
You. Out. It might have been an odd turn of phrase, but it is a deadly serious matter. Never underestimate the importance of how we act as a group. Supplies are too thin for us to have sort of uniform or standardized weapon - always a motley band, never an army.
What guns you have are those you can personally find supplies for and are comfortable shooting, the company will provide little more than food, pay, and transit. We will train you, we will heal you - but the greatest reward is the company you keep, the friends that will watch your back, and stand by your side no matter what alien or abomination is st before you.
But you will not stay together without work, and that means you personally and the corps in general must audition, and put its best face forward. Technical prowess, firepower, intelligence, ability - none of this comes to play if we don't have a willing customer. The pay is great if the customer trusts us, and non-existent if they don't.
Now, who is still up for an adventure?