The US Space Force, America’s newest military branch, is now just over six months old. Already, the fledgling service has worked hard to create its own distinct identity and esprit de corps, particularly in relation to the US Air Force, where most of its initial personnel and resources will come from. This has included the creation of new insignia and flags emblazoned with these, as well as service-specific uniform items.
Just last week, Space Force took another step forward in this regard when it offered the first concrete details of its new core organizational structure, which will feature three main echelons of command. At the top will be various field commands headed by general officers, beginning with Space Operations Command (SpOC), Space Systems Command (SSC) and Space Training and Readiness Command (STARCOM). At the lower level, there will be squadrons, just like in the Air Force. In between, instead of what the Air Force would call wings, Space Force will have new names “deltas.” However, that wasn’t the only name the service was considering.
“Deltas … will be organized around a specific function – operations, installation support, training, etc.,” an official Space Force statement said. “In the deltas, there will be squads focused on specific tactics.”
Space Force says it named this new tier of units after “the triangular symbol often used in space logos,” according to Air Force Magazine. This decision seemed somewhat curious given that it has no particular claim to the use of deltas as heraldic devices within the United States military, which are also regularly found in army insignia. ‘air. This is to say nothing of the extremely famous, albeit top secret, name of the US Army’s Delta Force.
Deltas are very common symbols, especially for space-related organizations, national space agencies from China, Russia, India and Iran, among others, all using them in one way or another. another one. Even the current NASA logo has a central delta motif.
The word “delta” is already used inside and outside the US military, as a whole, to refer to a wide variety of things, from statistical deltas to the phonetic alphabet word for the letter d as well .
With all of this in mind, The war zone contacted Space Force to try to get more information about the decision-making process, as well as the names it passed in favor of the deltas.
“Organizational structure is just one of many decisions considered as part of the establishment of the US Space Force,” explained Lynn Kirby, spokesperson for the US Space Force. “Planning is done by military and civilian personnel assigned to the Department of the Air Force.
“Salaries are paid from the military personnel account (active duty) and the operations and maintenance account (civilian),” Kirby added when asked how much it cost in time and resources to make Space Force settles on the delta of the name. “We don’t track funding or labor by task.”
Kirby also provided a list of rejected names, which are as follows:
It’s not hard to figure out how some of them were cut. Brigade and division are unit types best associated with ground units in the US Army and Marine Corps. The fleet also already has a clear association with the United States Navy. Team is a widely used term for very small units within the United States military.
Some of them, such as Array and Port, are just plain bland.
But it’s hard not to feel like Space Force missed out on some of those other options. For a service that will have a SpOC (Space Operations Command) – which will is pronounced “spock” like the name of the iconic character of the star trek universe, whether officially sanctioned or not – and a STARCOM, it’s unclear why the more obvious space-themed names were ignored.
There doesn’t seem to be any particular reason why Space Force didn’t choose some of the other options that might have seemed at least inspired by popular media, either. The Air Force already has things like Kessel Run and Kobayashi Maru software incubators with official nicknames lifted wholesale from star wars and star trekrespectively.
When the Space Force revealed its own insignia in January, people immediately started talking about its similarities to the Space Force logo. star trekfictional Starfleet, although it was clearly reused from the one previously used for Air Force Space Command. With unit names like 1st Legion or 10th Vanguard, the service would certainly have distinguished itself very clearly from its sister services.
Regardless of the exact reasons why Space Force opted for delta in the end, it still has one important naming to do. In February, he solicited suggestions from across the U.S. military for how to call out personnel assigned to service, just as the Air Force has Airmen, the Army has Soldiers, the Navy has sailors and marines have, well, marines. New names for ranks, including for O-6 grade officers — colonels in all services except the Navy and Coast Guard, where they’re called captains — who will command deltas, are also coming.
The Air Force notably did something similar to help choose the name for the future B-21 Raider stealth bomber. The author was among those pushing for the release, through the Freedom of Information Act, of the full list of rejected names for this aircraft, which included submissions like Bomber McBombface and Chuck Norris.
It will certainly be interesting to see how Space Force ends up calling personnel assigned to its deltas and other units. At Netflix space force show, they are called astronauts.
We also now know what it might have been with regards to the name of the service’s mid-tier units.
Be sure to let us know what you think of the decision to choose delta and what other terminology you think Space Force should adopt in the future in the comments below.
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