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William Shatner wants US Space Force ranks to use captains, not colonels

In a weird and real plot worthy of any ‘Star Trek’ episode, none other than William Shatner, the actor who played famed Captain James T. Kirk in ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’, wants the US Space Force renames its colonels to captains.

What Shatner is now supporting is a proposed amendment to the House of Representatives version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2021 – which is aptly dubbed “the Starfleet Amendment.” “.

The amendment, which was introduced by former Navy SEAL Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) end of July, would replace the current designation of colonel in the U.S. Space Force with that of captain. It has not yet been passed and the proposal will need to be supported by the Senate to become law.

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After the amendment was announced, Shatner quickly entered the fray. First, on August 21, he posted a message to Space Force on Twitter, contradicting his Twitter bio which states that his feed is “not political”.

“Expensive @SpaceForceDoD, I have a question to ask, if that’s OK. I’m just one person here but I was wondering; is it true that the commander aboard a ship of the “Space Force” is designated colonel and not captain? Is it up for debate? I think I’d like to debate the matter,” Shatner tweeted.

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Crenshaw responded to the tweet on August 25, stating “Hey @WilliamShatner I got you covered. My amendment passed the House and directs the Space Force to use Navy ranks. We will work to keep him in the NDAA!”

After that exchange, Shatner continued. The 89-year-old, who typically tweets several times a day, wrote an opinion piece calling for Space Force captains instead of colonels. Emojis peppered Shatner’s argument, which was published in “The Military Times” August 26.

“What’s wrong with you? I’m talking about Space Force ranks,” Shatner wrote in the opinion piece. “What are you doing to us? 😱 There was no Colonel Kirk; not even in the mirror universe (which is what 2020 sometimes looks like.) Do you know the history of your entertainment space? 🤔 🤷‍♂️”

So what does the US Space Force think? The newly founded military branch declined to comment on the argument. at the request of SpaceNews.

“We are aware of recent public discussions and views on potential naming conventions for US Space Force ranks,” US Space Force spokesperson Lynn Kirby said in a statement to SpaceNews.

Kirby added that the branch “continues to work with our partners in Congress and with space professionals to define the culture and brand that respects our long history and reflects our role in protecting the ultimate heights. We are not commenting. the proposed legislation and we will announce the Space Force ranks when the decision is final.”

This argument comes as the Space Force seeks to establish its own unique identity of his Air Force heritage. It is a completely new military branch, which was only established in December 2019.

Space Force has received satirical attention for create a seal that looks a lot like “Star Trek” badges, and the new branch was again ridiculed in a new Netflix series (with Steve Carrell) which played on public confusion about what space force will really do.

Space Force officials fear the Starfleet amendment will make the branch look like a Trek joke to outsiders, Space News said. However, Space Force leaders had previously considered using Air Force ranks, the article adds, with a slight change to use “specialists” to refer to junior enlisted personnel instead of “airmen.”

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