When it comes to branches of the US military service, the Space Force is widely considered the runt of the scope. In terms of iconography, the branch has not always solved this problem, of a flag that looks a lot like the star trek Starfleet logo, at a swearing-in ceremony with star wars stormtrooper reenactors, to his ongoing struggles to perfect the seemingly earthly technology of the pants.
The newest branch of the armed forces may not have all their clothes picked out yet, but they have some new gear ready to wear: soccer uniforms that the Air Force Academy team will wear for select games this coming season. So while there are still no service dress uniforms, the Space Force will still look pretty dapper in their grill gear.
The jerseys are black – which, much like the branch’s birthday cake, is an apt representation of the cold, dark vastness of space – with silver, white, and blue trim. They will make their field debut on October 1, when the Air Force Academy team takes on the Navy.
Service academy football teams often use their football shirts to pay homage to various elements of their respective branches’ history, such as the Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet themed uniforms, the Army 82nd Airborne Division costume or the Tuskegee Airmen Jerseys.
And while it might sound nicer that there was a Space Force football uniform before there was a Space Force service uniform, it’s probably a good thing that the branch is taking a long time to develop what will almost certainly become one of his most seen symbols.
In recent years, the Army has begun to return to its historical roots, reverting to its World War II “pink and green” service uniform. And perhaps the most iconic of all American military uniforms, the Marine Corps dress blue draws inspiration from the entire history of the Marine Corps for its striking and distinctive style. Indeed, a pair of sartorial blues that are almost a century old will, surprisingly, look the same as their modern sartorial descendant.
Currently, the Space Force is testing several prototypes of its service uniform.
“So that’s where they roll out…about 30 different sizes for men and women. And we’ll have people come and try them on and see how they go,” Catherine Lovelady, uniform change management team lead, told Air Force Magazine last week. “And they might have to do some model tweaks after that.”
If it takes time to develop a unique and iconic look for these Space Force duds – a look that doesn’t seem to be about to inform Darth Vader of Death Star build updates – than it so be it. It’s not like space is going to disappear anytime soon.
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