Uniforms of the United States Space Force

The uniforms of the United States Space Force are the standardized military uniforms worn by U.S. Space Force personnel (i.e. guardians).

Space Force volunteers at Ramstein Air Base during Operation Allies Refuge in 2021.

HistoryEdit

 
First Chief of Space Operations General John W. Raymond wearing the Space Force's interim service dress uniform with distinctive space force emblems on the service cap and standing next to a new second lieutenant wearing the parade dress uniform with a platinum sash worn by Air Force Academy graduates that are commissioning into the Space Force.

Since becoming an independent service on 20 December 2019, guardians have continued to use the Air Force’s uniforms. The first Chief of Space Operations, Gen John W. Raymond, has stated the service will adopt its own distinctive uniform,[1] and the first Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force Roger A. Towberman announced in September 2020 that two of its first unique uniforms will go through a testing period conducted by 120 guardians.[2]

Service dress uniformEdit

 
General John Raymond in Space Force service dress wearing the USSF lapel insignia and Space Staff Badge.

The Space Force's interim service dress uniform was inherited from the U.S. Air Force, which was adopted by Air Force chief of staff General Ronald Fogleman in 1994, replacing earlier blue service dress uniforms, and will continue to be used until the conclusion of the uniform tests.[3] The Space Force service dress uniform is distinguished from Air Force service dress by a distinctive U.S. Space Force lapel insignia.[4]

The uniform coat is single-breasted with three buttons and has one welt pocket on the upper left side and two lower pocket flaps. The buttons are silver-oxided, featuring traditional "Hap Arnold wings". Officer coats feature epaulets for the placement of rank. General officers wear a 1+12-inch-wide (3.8 cm) blue sleeve braid, while all other officers wear a 12-inch-wide (1.3 cm) blue sleeve braid. Like the Air Force, mirror-silver "U.S." insignia are worn on the collars, however Space Force guardians also wear a pair of U.S. Space Force lapel insignia. A silver name tag with blue detailing is worn on the right side of the uniform, while ribbons and occupational badges are worn on the left side of the uniform.[5]

On 21 September 2021, John W. Raymond unveiled the prototypes of the Space Force's service uniform. It features a navy blue jacket with six buttons the right-hand side, and has light grey pants. The new uniform is design with women in mind, rather than men, to avoid the issues normally related to adapting them for women. The new uniforms will be issued for testing in the following months, before being distributed widely.[6]

Combat utility uniformEdit

 
A Space Force general's OCP uniform.

On 17 January 2020, the Space Force announced that its combat utility uniform would be the same OCP uniform as when it was Air Force Space Command. The full-color United States flag is worn on the left side of the uniform. The name tape, branch tape, and rank are embroidered in space blue, distinguishing it from the OCP uniforms worn by the Army and Air Force (the Army uses black thread for embroidery and wears the full-color flag on the right arm, except in combat areas where a subdued black flag is used). The Air Force uses spice brown embroidery thread and wears a subdued spice brown flag on the right arm of the uniform at all times.)[1] The OCP uniform was first introduced by the Army in 2015 and adopted by the Air Force in 2019.[7][8]

The Space Force also authorized the Airman Battle Uniform as a combat utility uniform, which was introduced by the Air Force in 2007 and was phased out in April 2021.[9]

Cadet uniformEdit

 
The first Space Force cadets, showcasing their distinctive parade dress at the Air Force Academy's graduation for the class of 2020.

Space Force cadets at the United States Air Force Academy wear the standard parade dress uniform with a platinum sash for graduation. Air Force cadets wear the same uniform, but with a gold sash.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Hodge Seck, Hope (17 January 2020). "Space Force Offers First Peek at Camouflage Uniform". Military.com. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  2. ^ Pawlyk, Oriana (15 September 2020). "The Space Force Will Soon Let Some Members Test Out Dress, PT Uniforms". Military.com. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  3. ^ Harris, John F. (4 November 1994). "New Chief Shoots Down U.S. Air Force Uniform". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  4. ^ Kirby, Lynn (16 December 2020). "Space Force updates uniform policy guidance". United States Space Force. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  5. ^ Manasco, Shon J. (15 April 2019). "Air Force Guidance Memorandum to AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel" (PDF). Washington, DC: United States Department of the Air Force. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  6. ^ Losey, Stephen (21 September 2021). "The Space Force Unveils its New, Sci-Fi Worthy Uniform". military.com. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  7. ^ Cox, Matthew (8 July 2015). "Soldiers Line Up to Buy New Camouflage Uniforms". Military.com. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  8. ^ Secretary of the Air Force, Public Affairs (14 May 2018). "Air Force transitions to a single combat uniform". U.S. Air Force. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  9. ^ Kirby, Lynn (27 August 2020). "Space Force issues service-specific uniform guidance". United States Space Force. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  10. ^ Golightly, Chase (16 April 2020). "Select group of AFA graduates assigned to work with US Space Force". KRDO. Archived from the original on 29 April 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2021.

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