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Space Force Members Called Guardians: Other Suggested Names

  • The US Space Force will call its personnel “Guardians”.
  • Many, many people aren’t fans of the name.
  • Science fiction is full of decent alternatives.


    Yes, that’s really what the US Space Force, the nation’s newest military branch, will call its men and women in uniform.

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    Vice President Mike Pence announced the name at a White House event commemorating the first anniversary of the founding of the Space Force on Friday.

    According to Space Force, the branch chose “Guardians” after a “year-long process that produced hundreds of submissions and searches involving space professionals and members of the general public.”

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    Almost immediately after the announcement, critics took to social media to slam the name, with Twitter and Reddit users, for example, calling it “squeaky” and “embarrassing.” And at press time, a simple “space force guardian“Google search shows 950,000 results.

    Video game fans destiny and destiny 2 underline player characters in games are referred to as “Guardians”, while many other people have drawn obvious parallels to the Marvels guardians of the galaxy franchise, prompting this tweet from those films’ director, James Gunn:

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    And sure enough, the review has come full circle with comparisons of the Space Force logo to star trekStarfleet Command logo:

    It seems unlikely that the Space Force will reverse its decision to name its troops. But if it’s possible – and we should never count the angry mobs on the internet – here are some better alternatives.


    We suggested it in February, and the Space Force ignored us. Robert Heinlein used the term in his influential novel Starship Troopers. It’s short, to the point, non-sexist and better than “Guardians”.

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    This follows the convention established by the Air Force with its airman name, but includes a female version from the outset. (Both men and women are referred to as “airmen” in the Air Force, and service said in 2016 he had no intention of changing the outdated policy.) The name harkens back to the fictional years of science fiction, is a bonus nod to David Bowie, and is better than “Guardians.”


    “Trooper” is traditionally a term reserved for horsemen patrolling the frontier of the American West. If space is the “final frontier”, then “Trooper” might be an appropriate name for US Space Force personnel. “Space Force Troopers” is better than “Guardians”.


    What if we dropped the idea that Space Force personnel need their own unique name? It is quite difficult to come up with names for Space Force branch personnel, given that humanity has only been interacting with space for 70 years. There is a glaring lack of tradition to fall back on. Maybe we could just call them “Space Force personnel” and let them choose their own names on an informal level. It’s still better than “Guardians”.

    In other Space Force News, Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond told reporters that the service will nearly triple in size from its current 2,400 members to 6,400 by 2021. other services, including the US Army and Navy, will account for much of the growth.

    Additionally, Space Force will also be adding a Space Force pool of part-time “Guardians”. General Raymond also became the eighth member of the U.S. Army’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, following Vice Chief of Staff, Army Chief of Staff, Chief of Operations naval officers of the navy, the commandant of the marine corps, the chief of staff of the air force, the commandant of the coast guard. , and Chief of the National Guard Bureau.

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