The new US Space Force is looking for a descriptive name for its members.
The U.S. Space Force is looking for feedback from U.S. military space professionals on what Space Force members should be called – similar to how the Air Force refers to its members as ‘Airmen’ or the Army refers to its members as ‘Soldiers’.
Given the significance a name has to the identity and culture of an organization, the Space Force is taking a deliberate approach to ensure Space Force member titles and ranks appropriately convey the nature of the newest Armed Forces branch and the domain in which it operates.
Toward that end, Space Force officials are soliciting ideas related to Space Force ranks, names for operational units and what Space Force members should be called collectively. They are especially interested in soliciting ideas from those currently assigned to the U.S. Space Force or those who expect to be members of the Space Force in the future.
Air Force CAC card holders with access to Air Force Portal should submit their ideas online by Feb. 24 … Space Force officials will also be reaching out to the Army, Navy and Marine Corps space communities to enable military space professionals in other services the opportunity to submit ideas.
There’s more at the link.
This sounds great in theory . . . but in practice, I’d say it’s likely to be fraught with difficulties. I mean – asking the Marines what they think the Space Force should be called? Right now, somewhere up there, Chesty Puller is rolling in the aisles with laughter at the thought of the suggestions his boys are about to submit. “As(s)teroids” is about the tamest of the suggestions I can think of, and any self-respecting Marine will be able to top that in a heartbeat!
I’m sure my readers can come up with some creative names and ranks to offer the Space Force. Please leave your suggestions in Comments – and please remember that this is a family-friendly blog, so don’t get too rude!