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The first flight unit made up of Space Force Guardians has completed its basic training

With President Biden’s vote of confidence, the Space Force proved it was more than just a Trump-era moonshot. Away from Capitol Hill, the Sixth Army Branch is slowly growing toward its full-fledged form by recruiting and training personnel as part of its goal of reaching 6,500 active duty members by the end of the year. 2021. In the latest sign of its progress, the first flying unit comprised entirely of Space Force Guardians graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training last week.

The boot camp saw the 35 recruits undergo seven and a half weeks of drills, including a bespoke programme. The guards had to undergo an additional 21 hours of specific training with a particular emphasis on “emotional intelligence”. They also received unclassified briefings on military doctrine from senior Space Force leaders.

The flight, consisting of 31 men and four women, will then participate in technical training including space systems operations, intelligence, and cyber and communications at one of three bases: Vandenberg AFB, California; Goodfellow AFB, Texas; or Keesler AFB, Mississippi.

After flying its first mission last spring, Space Force’s latest milestone should help further ground the fledgling military branch, which is making progress despite lingering skepticism about its raison d’être.

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