Be warned that as a noob, you will probably have games that last all of 10 minutes, before you even get your turn as active player (even with AROs) should you not have the luck of going first.
My first game had me in Loss of Lieutenant (LoL) AND "in retreat" by the time we got to my turn 1 (went 2nd). That took all of 10 minutes. My turn consisted of electing a new Lt and running away off the table.
It wasn't a good game. I've got better since. My games often make it to turn 2 or three now with the odd win.
Going first trumps deploying first.
Hey! Where'd ... Everybody ... go?