The United States Space Force Will Recruit From The Army, Air Force, And Navy – But Not The Marines

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 - 1:41PM
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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 - 1:41PM
The United States Space Force Will Recruit From The Army, Air Force, And Navy – But Not The Marines
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Disappointing news for all the fans of Starship Troopers, Doom, and Warhammer: according to a new, 13-page document created by the US Department of Defense, the nascent Space Force will recruit its staff from the Army, Navy, and Air Force... But apparently not the Marine Corps, meaning that we will not have bona-fide space Marines running around with chainsaw-rifles. Instead, the document lays out a plan to meld the space capabilities of the three aforementioned branches into one centralized command.

You might not realize it, but the US already has a whole slew of military organizations that deal with space, ranging from the Air Force's Space Command to the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. The Army even has the 1st Space Brigade and the 117th Space Battalion (which probably feel forgotten in all this recent excitement). Either way, the plan is to eventually migrate the majority of space operations to the Space Force, which includes absorbing structures like the Space Command. Until then, the Space Force will need to recruit some new personnel, and it looks like it'll be drawing from the existing branches of the military. According to The Newsrep, the Space Force might also have the power to temporarily recruit civilians.



One of the main space-related concerns of the US military is protecting satellites, which allow for worldwide missile monitoring and information-gathering for military operations. Without a functioning network of satellites the armed forces would essentially be operating blind. To this end, the military has begun experimenting with programs to rapidly replace key satellites as soon as they're damaged by enemies. The first "space war" probably won't be fought from spaceships armed with lasers, but by robotic sabotage spacecraft attempting to take satellites out of commission.

It's certainly not as cool as Star Wars or Babylon 5, but hey: we're still going to Mars. (Right?)
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