On December 20 2019 President Trump sighed into law, as part of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, the creation of a separate but equal military branch the US Space Force. Here is a direct mission quote from the Space Force website.
” 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. USSF responsibilities will include developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands “
The new Space Force is suppose to be a separate but equal branch operating under the Air Force, much as the Marines operate under the navy. This is the first new branch in 70 years, when the Air Force split from the Army. I suspect that it will migrate much like that did. The Air Force took a few years growing apart from the Army Air Corp. Then they started naming their command structure different. Wearing their own disincentive uniforms, down to the color of them. Even changed the enlisted rank insignia, flipping the chevrons over and calling them wings.
At first the Air Force space command will transition over to the Space Force with the eventual vision being to incorporate the Army and Navy’s space missions. I personally would like to see totally distinctive uniforms and a new rank structure. Naturally E1through E9 and O-1 through O-10 grades would be the same. But I’d like to see a blending of service rank terms. I don’t know what to call the lowest enlisted ranks. (please no space man or cadet) But let’s keep the sergeant terms of some sort. Maybe have Technical Sergeants and Gunnys. Maybe have Lt.s and Commanders. Keep the General term as it’s more of a universal norm.
And let’s make a unique uniform. Maybe in a Grey or Black or some combination there of. Just for heaven’s sake make it look like a military uniform and not a Brooks Brother suit. (McPeak) And let’s have a bus driver cap, it just looks classy.