Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Internet trolls U.S. military over controversial Space Force uniform

Internet trolls U.S. military over controversial Space Force uniform

Sticking with camouflage saves money, so Space Force is being thrifty by going traditional and basically wearing what everyone else in the military is wearing. It saves taxpayer dollars, in addition to establishing uniformity within the USA military.

'Camo in space? WTF? Airmen who are assigned to the Space Force will wear the nameplates over the battle uniform made with the same camouflage pattern now used by the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army.

Last month, Congress passed a new spending bill that funds the Space Force and President Donald Trump officially signed off on it. "The U.S. Space Force is a military service that organizes, trains and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force", says USAJobs.

The U.S. Space Force on Friday revealed the nameplates that airmen who are assigned to the Space Force will wear over their existing utility uniforms.

'How many trees are you expecting to find in space?' author James Felton tweeted, prompting a Twitter user to respond with a Star Wars reference: 'Come on, Jim. It also has the Command Space Operations badge embroidered above the service nametape.

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Walter Shaub, a former director of the US Office of Government Ethics asked: "Have you been to a part of space where this camouflage would blend in?"

Others cast doubt on that logic, however, as the Pentagon, with its mammoth budget, has rarely been accused of playing Scrooge with its expenditure, burning through billions of tax dollars on such urgently needed items as $640 toilet seats and $7,600 coffee makers.

In an interview January 16 with SpaceNews, Raymond said Space Force planning teams have been working on new uniform designs, the Space Force logo and seal.

Some 5,000 to 6,000 personnel out of the current 16,000 will eventually be transferred to the Space Force, a senior US Air Force official told CNN previous year.

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