When the newly-launched United States Space Force unveiled its new threads, social media immediately mocked the camouflage uniforms.
The United States Space Force announced on Twitter that nametapes for the division’s new camouflage uniforms “landed” at the Pentagon. The tweet included a photo of said uniforms.
A tweetstorm quickly followed. The camouflage, in case you hadn’t guessed, fueled the storm.
Here’s an example:
Another posted a “better” alternative they should have considered:
This one might have cracked me up the most:
Despite all the fun, and these days, people take a great deal of joy in ridicule, the Space Force did give an explanation.
In a tweet, they stated what most people surely already knew:
USSF is utilizing current Army/Air Force uniforms, saving costs of designing/producing a new one. Members will look like their joint counterparts they’ll be working with, on the ground.
If you missed them, the operative words are on the ground.
Back in December, President Donald Trump signed a defense spending bill that created the Space Force. At the time, Todd Harrison, who directs the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, told NPR the new service branch essentially repackages and elevates existing military missions in space from the Air Force, Army and Navy.
Then there’s this quote from Harrison: “It’s not about putting military service members in space, it has nothing to do with NASA, it’s not about protecting Earth from asteroids or aliens.”
The Space Force isn’t putting anyone in space. It’s all going to be on the ground.
When you hear “Space Force,” you naturally assume something out of science fiction with space ships and astronauts.
Sure, we all take pleasure in the humor of the situation. But once you go back and look at what the Space Force is and isn’t about, the jokes do begin to fall a bit flat.
That won’t stop us from chuckling at the idea, of course.
But it’s good to know the truth, too.