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The Space Force has its first Marines – and soldiers and sailors

The Space Marines are here.

The US Space Force announced on Wednesday that it had selected its first small group of soldiers, sailors and Marines who will be transferred permanently to the sixth military branch – part of a larger effort to centralize space operations. and related missions within the fledgling service.

The Space Force will recruit 50 active duty volunteers into its ranks this month, the service said in a press release. More than 3,700 officers and enlisted members of these services applied earlier this year for the chance to become a tutor, the statement said.

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“We are overwhelmed by the number of applicants and the outpouring of support our sister services have provided as we partnered to design Space Force,” said General David “DT” Thompson, Vice Chief of Space Operations. .

“We are thrilled to have Guardians from these services join more than 5,200 Air Force transfers, and look forward to the new experience, perspective and culture they will bring as we continue to build Space Force,” he said in the statement.

The first 50 members will be the Space Force test run for changing members of other services and will be the test bed for how units can adapt to their skills. According to the list, which can be found here, 40 were selected from the Army, seven from the Navy and three from the Marine Corps. The selection criteria were not disclosed.

Then, “approximately 350 more will be selected for transfer in July,” the statement said. “Each will be associated with positions in specific Space Force specialties – space operations, intelligence, cyber, engineering and acquisition; members who have already applied do not need to take any action to be considered for this next selection panel.

These selections will be announced in the coming months, paving the way for the larger batch to transition in fiscal year 2022.

The new military branch was created in December 2019 in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The change moved approximately 16,000 active duty and civilian personnel on a temporary basis from what was once known as Air Force Space Command to Space Force.

Over the past year, the new service has worked to identify suitable personnel from across the Air Force and other services to become members of the Space Force.

The service first moved Airmen into “organic” space careers, such as space operations and space systems operations, into the Space Force.

The Space Force said last year that 2,400 members were to be transferred; Additionally, 86 U.S. Air Force Academy graduates were directly commissioned into the service in 2020; about 100 more have done so this year.

The service has also selected 3,600 members in common specialties — jobs that fit both the Air Force and Space Force, including those in intelligence, cyber, acquisition and engineering. – who began transferring in February.

The movement of interservice members is dependent on the conclusion of promotion boards and other career processes, spokeswoman Lynn Kirby previously told Military.com.

The Space Force hopes to reach about 6,400 personnel by the end of 2021, including about 300 new recruits. In its fiscal year 2022 budget proposal, Space Force expects to grow to about 8,400 next year, an increase of nearly 31%.

The latest transfer of 50 people is a separate effort by the Pentagon’s enterprise to determine which space missions and units from other services will be fully realigned to Space Force during Exercises 22 and 23.

— Oriana Pawlyk can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @Oriana0214.

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