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Space Force will have its first Guardians-only Boot Camp class next month

The Space Force will finally have its first boot camp class staffed entirely by future Guardians, a pivotal move for the new military branch, created two years ago, as it tries to forge its own identity.

Between May and June, 72 men and women will attend a training camp at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, focused solely on becoming Guardians. Since 2020, the Air Force and Space Force have taken their recruits through basic military training together.

In an emailed statement, Chief Master Sgt. James Seballes, the senior enlisted chief for Space Force’s Space Training and Readiness Command, or STARCOM, called the move “a small but important step in the development and maturity of Space Force and the Guardian identity.” .

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“Since the inception of Space Force, our Guardians have been integrated with Air Force Airmen in basic training,” Seballes told “However, the importance of developing a unique Guardian identity, along with the recognition that Guardians have different training needs and the requirements that their Air Force means that the Guardian experience must be tailored to meet the needs and expectations of the space army.”

In October 2020, seven recruits made history as the first Space Force Guardians to undergo basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, alongside a class of Airmen.

As part of boot camp, the Guardians were given tablets containing information about the Space Force, but only 20 hours of their two-month basic military training was spent on specific training about the service they come from. to join.

They earned special honors when they graduated. The Guardians received a one-of-a-kind Space Force piece after completing boot camp instead of the airman’s version, and they got their own special first salute to another service member.

The first all-Guardians basic military training class in May will be led by Space Force military training instructors with a curriculum very focused on the new service, Seballes said.

“From history to doctrine, to core values ​​and skills, Space Force and the demands placed on our Guardians are different,” he said in the statement.

The 72 members of the first class will undergo basic military training for nearly eight weeks and are expected to graduate on June 23.

News of the first all-Guardian boot camp class finally becomes a reality as the Space Force strives to create its own identity separate from the Air Force

General John Raymond, chief of space operations, told reporters shortly after the branch’s second anniversary that his goal was to ensure that the Space Force did not simply become a carbon copy of the Air Force.

“If we get into this and just go our way and become nothing more than an air force, with changes a little bit here and there, we’ve missed a huge opportunity,” he said. said Raymond at the Center for Strategic and International. Study evening in January.

The Space Force currently has approximately 6,800 Guardians. This number is expected to reach around 8,600 in 2023.

— Thomas Novelly can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TomNovelly.

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