When the Space Force, a division of the U.S. Air Force, was formed, there were a few jokes. Then the naming of the protectors to be Guardians led to some Guardians of the Galaxy jokes, but let’s be honest, with how awesome those movies and stories are, would it be so bad to have some Guardians in space?
The U.S. Space Force was established on December 20, 2019 to include Space in the national security measures. While the discussion began under President Ronald Regan to create a military service specifically for space, it did not stand up in decades later.
The Space Force has announced the development of a new dress service uniform. The service dress uniform was first unveiled as a prototype in September of 2021, and it was then brought to focus groups and roadshows. One hundred Guardians were part of the fit test in the development stage. The organization completed its final service dress uniform fit after the initial fitting at Peterson Space Force Base.
Space Force spokesperson Col. Catie Hague said the uniform has meaning behind its design. “The deep blue color was chosen from the Space Force seal. The dark color represents the vastness of outer space,” she said. “The buttons have the globe, delta, orbit and stars that are part of both the U.S. Space Force flag and the seal.”
The next step for the uniforms is now the wear test. The wear test includes Guardians wearing the uniform three times a week to provide their feedback on the wearability, flexibility and comfort of the design and uniform. It is in the plans for the uniform to hit the force on late 2025.
“We are excited by Guardians’ input into their future uniform,” Catherine Lovelady, the head of the service’s Office of Change Management Team. “We are passionate about ensuring our members continue to have a voice in shaping a unique Space Force uniform.”
While some people have remarked that the uniform looks like it belongs on the set of Battlestar Galactica, others have remarked that it looks like something Captain Kirk work on Star Trek. What do you think? The dress uniforms can be viewed here on the Air Force Times article here. The dress uniform is unisex, meant to be worn by both males and females.
Semper Supra! (Always above, the US Space Force motto).