On Wednesday, June 30th, The U.S. Space Force announced they had selected the first small group of Guardians. These Guardians are transferring permanently from the other five branches. This event further solidifies the Space Force as the sixth military branch.
Fifty active-duty volunteers are being brought and transferred to the Space Force ranks in the most patriotic month of July. According to the release, over 3,700 active-duty personnel, officers and enlisted, applied earlier this year to become a guardian of the Space Force.
“We are overwhelmed by the number of applicants and the outpouring of support our sister services have provided as we’ve partnered together to design the Space Force,” said Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations.
According to the list released by the military, 40 personnel are coming from the Army, seven from the Navy, and three from the Marine Corps. These first 50 members will provide insight on how to make a good transition properly from another branch to the Space Force.
Then, the next step is “approximately 350 more will be selected for transfer in July … Each will be matched to positions in specific Space Force specialties — space operations, intelligence, cyber, engineering and acquisition; members who previously applied do not need to take any action to be considered in this next selection board.”
Those selections will be announced later this year, facilitating a more significant transition between branches in the next coming year.
The U.S. Space Force was created in December 2019 in the Fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. Formerly known as Air Force Space Command, The U.S. Space Force acquired 16,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. The new branch has worked to identify the best personnel from each branch to become Space Force members between then and now.
The Space Force aims to grow to more than 6,400 members by the end of 2021; this includes 300 recruits. In its fiscal 2022 budget proposal, Space Force plans to expand to about 8,400 next year.