Recruit gear is fine if you are playing your class+role correctly. I had two DPS's fail at their duels on story mode Eternity Vault this week. The problem was a combination of recruit gear, and trying to be a DPS while spec'd as tanks. (Fortunately I realized the problem, and had the other tank and I switch targets with them. Both of us were overgeared, so we got through it easily)
Yeah. Seems like this one will Be okay as long as we are coordinated.