“It’s going to be really important that we get this right,” Raymond said. “A uniform, a patch, a song. ... There’s a lot of work going on toward that end. It’s going to take a long time to get to that point, but that’s not something we’re going to roll out on day one.”
Space Force officials will mull over the aforementioned strategies, as well as plans for a training regimen and personnel rank structure, over the next 18 months. That same period could also yield a rebranding of space-centric Air Force bases such as Vandenberg and Shriever.
Every step of the process, Raymond reminded, is unchartered territory.
“We haven’t really done this since 1947,” he said.
The new branch, which is expected to house 16,000 personnel coming over from Air Force Space Command, was signed into law by President Donald Trump last month.
“Space is the world’s newest warfighting domain,” the president said. “Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital. We’re leading, but we’re not leading by enough, and very shortly we’ll be leading by a lot.”
Lead length aside, one item yet to be brought to the discussion table is what exactly these new leaders will be called.
Marines, sailors, airmen, soldiers, and Coast Guardsmen are all well known, service-specific designations. But what about those occupying the future ranks of Space Force?
This question was posed on Twitter by @Nathanial_Free, with responses ranging from “Jedi” to “Spacers” to “Star Troopers.”
It’s an inquiry that prompted us to compile 10 terms of our own — ranging from logical to entirely unrealistic (see: Frizzles) — that could be fitting monikers for Space Force personnel.
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