Here’s some proof.
See that big zero at XCOM Operatives Lost?
I got sent rookies with assault rifles and imperial stormtrooper marksman skills, and armor that’s about as protective as wet cardboard, and I KEPT THEM ALIVE.
I watched my MEC soldier PUNCH a SECTOPOD to DEATH with his METAL HANDS, then watched as the resulting explosion did light damage to him and blew a nearby cyberdisk to hell.
I watched a sectoid commander try to mind control one of my dudes, only for them to send a message back: “Don’t fucking do that.”
In other words, they got the Neural Feedback implant, and it instantly fried the sectoid commander’s brain and left the trooper’s brainy stuff intact.
I also got 4 kills with the aforementioned security personnel wearing cardboard and firing nerf rifles, thus earning me an achievement.
Man, I feel good about myself.