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Space Force selects 2,410 ‘space operators’ to transfer to new military branch starting September 1

The US Space Force (USSF) has selected 2,410 people to transfer to the new military branch starting September 1.

The Space Force has invited active-duty Airmen in specialized fields to transfer to the new service in May 2020, according to a press release. The 2,410 new “space operators” were chosen from a pool of more than 8,500 applicants and will swell the service’s initial ranks and serve in “the organic space specialties of Space Operations (13S) and Space Systems Operations (1C6 )”.

“This is an exciting and historic time for these space operators who will be among the first members to join the Space Force,” said Lt. Gen. David “DT” Thompson, vice commander of the U.S. Space Force, in the communicated. “Each of them has an important responsibility to bring bold ideas to make Space Force a 21st century service.”

The press release points out that the volunteers chosen were in the career fields of space operations, the rest of the volunteers in professional fields common to both the Space Force and the Air Force, such as geospatial intelligence, operations in cyberspace and development engineering.

For members of the Army and Navy who wish to enter the Space Force, the time frame to complete the transfer is in fiscal years 2022-2023, the press release notes.

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First premiering in December 2019 as a service of the Air Force, news of the newly formed military branch drew some criticism, even sparking a Netflix comedy series of the same name.

According to its website, the USSF “is a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and provide space capabilities to the joint force. USSF responsibilities include the development of military space professionals, the acquisition of military space systems, the maturation of military doctrine for space power, and the organization of space forces to present to our combatant commands.

In February, President Donald Trump requested $15.4 billion in funding for the USSF, according to Space News, which also reported that the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee was concerned the military branch could there is no civilian leader in charge of procurement.

Last week, The Verge reported that members of the House Appropriations Committee had failed to substantially increase NASA’s budget, “potentially jeopardizing the agency’s plans to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024”.

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