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Space Force Looks for Ideas on What Its Members Should Be Called



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The Space Force, officially created this past December, is looking for ideas on what its members should be called.

“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,’” the Space Force wrote in a statement on its website.

“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,” it added.

According to Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander of the Space Force, they won't be referred to as “spacemen.” The Space Force is also asking for ideas on ranks and names for operational units. Ideas can be submitted by Air Force CAC cardholders online at the IdeaScale website before February 24th.

“As we continue to forge the Space Force into a lean, agile and forward-looking 21st Century war-fighting branch, we want to provide space professionals the opportunity to influence what the members of our new service will be called,” said Lt. Gen. DT Thompson, U.S. Space Force vice commander, in the statement. “The decisions we make today will shape the Space Force for decades to come, so we want to ensure those who will serve in the Space Force have a say when it comes to important organizational and cultural identity considerations.”

The proposals must follow several guidelines: They must be gender-neutral, distinctive, and “should emphasize a future-oriented military force.” Copyrights, trademarks, and intellectual property rights cannot be violated or infringed upon; and submissions must be “in good taste.”

Fox News reported that Space Force officials will also be reaching out to the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps space communities to invite them to submit ideas.

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