A Review of U.S. Space Force's First Year - Lieber Institute West Point (2023)

The newest branch of the U.S. military, the United States Space Force, was mandated by Congress and signed into law and existence by the President on December 19, 2019. The Space Force Professionals, now called Guardians, of the U.S. Air Force had been preparing for the moment. They recognized that the area outside earth’s atmosphere was a new warfighting domain.

As the Space Force passes its first birthday, it is heartening to see how rapidly it has developed from a theoretical concept to an operational service fully engaged in a broad spectrum of activities. Heartening, because, as the saying goes, history does not repeat, but it rhymes. And history has a thing or two to say about new warfighting domains and the speed at which warfare can evolve.

This post reflects on the main gains achieved by the Space Force in its first year of existence. Before highlighting some of the achievements, it is worth recalling how quickly change occurred following the advent of the last new domain of warfare—the air domain.

Historical Perspective: The Rapid Rise of the Air Domain

Before highlighting some of the Space Force’s first-year achievements, it is worth recalling how quickly change occurred following the advent of the last new domain of warfare—the air domain.

In 1908, the Wright Brothers earned the first military contract for a “heavier than air flying machine” when the Wright Flyer III passed numerous test flights over Fort Myer, Virginia. The Wright Brothers inked similar deals with the French Armée as Europe and the world awoke to the possibility of flight and its implications for warfare. Only a few years later—by 1911—various States were championing the adoption of international rules limiting the use of airplanes to primarily peaceful purposes. The “Madrid Agreement” proposed restricting the airplane’s wartime use to solely observation and artillery spotting, roles that had been performed by aerial balloons since the 1860s during the American Civil War.

However, those proposed restrictions too were short-lived. In 1914, opposing bi-plane pilots went from chivalric salutes to pot-shots by pistol. Pistol shots quickly evolved into mounted machine guns. The dogfight was born when machine guns were synchronized to fire through the blades of forward propellers. The first to effectively experiment with forward facing machine guns was Roland Garros, immortalized as the namesake of the French Open venue. Garros shot down five German aircraft through a crude device that fired through armor-plated propellers. He was killed as he scored his fifth victory, also setting the standard for what later became known as an “ace.”

On September 29, 1918, the second most prolific and most famous American Air Service Ace of WWI, Frank Luke, Jr., was shot down and perished after only ten days of dogfights. Luke was known as “The Arizona Balloon Buster” because fourteen of his eighteen confirmed kills were of manned, and heavily armed or guarded, German air balloons. Frank Luke’s record demonstrates the dizzying pace at which the new air domain evolved during the four years of the Great War.

Fighting in the air domain also had catastrophic consequences on civilians. For example, over 4,700 English civilians were killed by aerial bombardment, from bi-plane bombers and Zeppelins, in London alone. As a result of its experiences, the United Kingdom created the Royal Air Force in 1918, demonstrating foresight the United States lacked until 1947 when the U.S. Air Force was formed.

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Thus, within the first decade of the first military aircraft, airplanes mixed with balloons or stationary sub-atmospheric “satellites,” offensive and defensive measures were adapted on the fly, and there was a horrendous toll on both pilots and civilians.

The Space DomainSpace-based Threats

With the creation of the Space Force, the United States has acted decisively to engage in the new domain of space and forestall the kind of calamity London experienced from the air in the early days of the airplane.

Today, American daily life relies on our exquisite satellites. The U.S. Global Positioning Service signal is a vital part of civilian life—from telecommunications, banking transactions, and agriculture to the daily navigation of first responders. Propagated by large, primarily immobile Space Force (formerly Air Force) satellites, our military capabilities also rely significantly on these vulnerable modern observation “balloons.” As former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson was fond of saying of these enormously expensive and vital assets, “We built glass houses in a world without stones.”

But today there are plenty of stones. As early as 2007, China demonstrated its ability to shoot down a satellite. China used a missile to exit the atmosphere, target one of its own satellites, and destroy it—recklessly generating hazardous debris in an orbital path in the process. At the time, Russia had been working on and testing anti-satellite, or ASAT, missiles for decades. Earlier this year, India also demonstrated anti-satellite capability.

In addition to ground-based missile and laser anti-satellite threats, the Defense Intelligence Agency has identified the following potential space-based threats to satellites:

  • High-power microwaves
  • Radio frequency jammers
  • Kinetic kill vehicles capable of ramming a satellite with a projectile or another satellite
  • Chemical sprayers
  • Robotic mechanisms or “grapplers” that damage, destroy, or to send a satellite off orbit

Just as war came to the air domain in 1914, war could come to the space domain in the future.

First-Year Achievements

While many in the media and pundits fixated on superficial aspects of the Space Force—things like uniforms, logos, and flags—the United States’ newest service quickly got down to the business of preparing for conflict in space. In its first year of existence, the Space Force has achieved operational gains in five main areas.

1. Inter-Service cooperation

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The creation of the Space Force increased awareness of the military’s space capabilities and promoted greater interservice cooperation. Initial planning for the Space Force drove the Army, Navy, Marines Corps, and Air Force to consider the space assets they might forfeit and how reliant they were on their own space capabilities. Eventually, interservice parochialism gave way to greater cooperation among the services.

The Iranian missile attack on Al Asad Air Base in January 2020 provides one example of how interservice cooperation improved as a result of the Space Force. After the American strike on Qasem Soleimani, Iran launched missiles that struck and damaged U.S. facilities at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. Fortunately, no lives were lost in the attack. The lack of fatalities, however, was not a stroke of luck. It can largely be attributed to a young Space Force officer who observed an anomaly in the missile warning feed and immediately sent notice to U.S. forces at Al Asad.

In another interservice success, during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Space Force reallocated wideband global satellite communications (SATCOM) resources to double the data bandwidth aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy. This expanded telemedicine capabilities and emergency medical services aboard the ship.

Additionally, following the worst fire season in California’s history, Guardians warned the California Air National Guard of uncontrolled fires threating Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. This real-time response and warning by Guardians allowed the base to take proactive measures which likely saved lives and resources.

Other Services have long underappreciated their dependence on space. But, with the creation of the Space Force, they are increasingly cognizant of Space Force capabilities and their need to purposefully plan for space capability integration. In 2019, the U.S. Space Operations Center received 764 requests for space support from U.S. forces overseas—a 400 percent increase over the previous year. Increased awareness of space capabilities will only further accelerate the awareness of and effectiveness of on-the-ground competency.

2. In-space accomplishments

a. Threats and the need for safe space-flight operations. Monitoring space objects and competitors’ military space activities is an enduring responsibility of the Space Force. This year, the Space Force made public previously classified information that will lead to a greater awareness of threats in space and safer space operations.

In February, for example, General John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, announced that Russia’s nefarious inspector-satellite had assumed an orbit threateningly close to a sensitive U.S. satellite. Months later, China launched and recovered a reusable space plane, seemingly reverse engineered from the United States’ X-37B space plane. The Chinese space plane released a suspected military satellite before returning to Earth.

This type of activity has highlighted the need for greater international agreement on standards for professional and safe flight, operations and orbits of space, and satellite bodies. Accordingly, the Space Force is now leading the conversation with our allies and adversaries about safe space-flight standards in much the same way the Air Force discusses professional and safe air intercepts after international air-flight close calls.

b. Collision risks and space domain awareness. Guardians actively and precisely track over 22,000 space objects in orbit that pose a collision threat to private and government space-based assets operated by allies and rivals alike. This year, after detecting a possible collision risk with a decommissioned Russian rocket body, Guardians coordinated with NASA to maneuver the International Space Station away from the threat.

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To meet the future demands of this mission, General Raymond has urged the team to focus on agile software development. In an era when the number of commercial satellites is expanding exponentially, the Space Force’s role as an observer and tracker of malicious, mysterious, and benign objects is a daily imperative.

3. Increasing coalition and partnering capabilities

This year, General Raymond inked new satellite payload partnering deals with Norway and Japan. Other Space Force strategic defense partnerships include an agreement with several nations including Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, to operate the Combined Space Operations Center (or CSpOC) in Colorado. The Space Force also collaborates on space operations with Germany, France, and New Zealand at the Combined Space Operations Center and is considering new ties and partnerships with South Korea, Italy, and Japan.

Additionally, France formed a Space Force while the U.S. Congress debated the creation of the Space Force, and the United Kingdom is now standing up a Space Command. The creation of the U.S. Space Force shows that the United States is leading in space, and our partners want to be on our wing.

4. Innovating and accelerating acquisition of space systems

Accelerating innovation in space system acquisitions does not seem like it would have an operational impact, but let me explain why it does.

It is axiomatic that the Army equips its men and women, but the Navy and Air Force man their equipment. In a dogfight or naval battle, the technology of the weapon system, rather than the morale of the warrior, generally determines the outcome. The best equipment, with the longest range (or stand-off range) or stealth invisibility, is sure to dominate. The proof is easy to see—the F-15, for example, is 104-0 in dogfights. For the Space Force, the need for technological superiority and the absence of difference that can be made by a person’s stamina, willpower or courage is even more pronounced—all of the service’s equipment today is manned remotely.

The Space Force began its first year by pursuing new heights of innovation in leveraging non-traditional vendors, start-ups, and cutting-edge solutions to accelerate systems modernization and procure next-generation technologies. While much of space acquisition is classified, one visible marker of achievement in the first year was the landing of the X-37B Space Plane after a record-setting 780-day space flight and its official transfer to the Space Force.

The Space Force has also demonstrated a willingness to partner with cutting-edge businesses. For example, in August, Boeing’s United Launch Alliance and Elon Musk’s SpaceX split an award of future Space Force space launches.

Even more importantly, traditional military contractors are not the dominant or leading R&D investors in software, hardware, or artificial intelligence. All three are keys to the Space Force’s mission. In this way, the Space Force has redeveloped software designed to track space objects and monitor space activity. The new cloud-based software package replaced 40-year-old legacy software systems and enhanced data-sharing capabilities with our “Five Eyes” intelligence alliances. This software package is particularly impressive given it was fielded 83% more quickly than its predecessor. The Space Force is increasing space domain awareness by accelerating tech development to match operationally‑relevant speeds through uploading new data code on a weekly basis.

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The Space Force is also building on the innovative “Pitch Days” originally pioneered by Air Force Secretary Wilson. In 2019, the Department of the Air Force awarded over $131 million through Pitch Day events with an average of 15 minutes from award to contractor payment. The Space Force is further building on the idea by announcing an International Space Pitch Day in conjunction with the United Kingdom to award $1 million to startups at the Defence Space Conference in London in November 2020. Advancing best practices from the Department of the Air Force and private sector while shunning the rigidity of more established branches, the Space Force is taking the steps necessary to expand the scope of private enterprise companies, remain at the forefront of technology, and maintain freedom of operations in space.

5. Operating efficiently in the Pentagon bureaucracy to achieve operational gains

a. Reducing overhead. From its inception, the Space Force has sought to reduce bureaucracy to achieve greater operational effectiveness. To achieve a “flat” organization, the Space Force eliminated two bureaucratic layers. This would be the equivalent in the Army of a straight-line from Brigade to Forces Command (FORSCOM), cutting away Division and Corps Headquarters.

b. Achieving a larger share of the DOD budget. Recognizing there can be no operational impact without funding, the Space Force was successful in submitting its first-ever initial service-specific budget. Some have criticized decades of Air Force budgeting decisions that seem to favor fighter jets over vital space assets. Having a new space staff and a new four-star general, the Chief of Space Operations, in the Pentagon to advocate for appropriate levels of funding has proven impactful. Even more importantly, by law (10 U.S. Code §222a), Congress requires each Service Chief to submit a prioritized list of weapons and systems not funded by the Pentagon bureaucracy. For the first time, Congress received a list solely of space and now Space Force priorities, while the Chief of Staff of the Air Force submitted a separate USAF-specific list. This bifurcation of warfighting domain budgets represents a monumental inflection point for funding in space.

c. Space warfighting culture. Establishing a unique Service warfighting culture is vital to operating in an entirely new domain. Ground warfare is not like naval warfare. And space warfare—if it occurs—will not be like air warfare. To this end, the Space Force took the first vital step—far more critical than picking uniforms or rank designations—when it released the nation’s first-ever authoritative space doctrine. The doctrine keys in on space power and space warfighting disciplines, such as electromagnetic warfare and orbital warfare. These new disciplines, for a new domain, require new thinking and novel tactical and operational approaches.


These initial, operational accomplishments demonstrate the Space Force’s resolve to push the limits of military innovation and responsiveness. The Air Force’s space professionals were always at the forefront of technology and innovation. Now they are also organizationally configured to achieve better operational impacts—impacts that will affect the increasingly relevant domain of Space—and to ensure that Guardians are best organized, trained, and equipped to support legacy services in all warfighting domains.


Maj Gen (Ret) Thomas E. Ayres is the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Air Force.


Is the Space Force legitimate? ›

U.S. Space Force is the sixth independent branch of the U.S. military. It is organized under the Department of the Air Force, similar to how the Marine Corps is organized under the Department of the Navy. Space Force's mission is basically to protect U.S. interests in space from potential adversaries.

Is Space Force a real military branch? ›

A: The USSF is the newest branch of the Armed Forces. It was established December 20, 2019 with enactment of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act and will be stood-up over the next 18 months. Q: What is the mission of the U.S. Space Force?

What score do you need for Space Force? ›

Normal color vision. ASVAB score of 70 on Electrical. Eligibility for Top Secret security clearance.

Will Space Force have its own academy? ›

The Space Force does not have its own service academy. Since it is a part of the Department of the Air Force, it graduates and commissions officers among the airmen at the academy -- similar to the Marine Corps' relationship with the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Do you get paid in Space Force? ›

How much does United States Space Force pay per year? The average United States Space Force salary ranges from approximately $103,710 per year for an Engineer to $159,126 per year for a Systems Engineer. United States Space Force employees rate the overall compensation and benefits package 3.9/5 stars.

How much is Space Force paid? ›

How much does a Space Force make? As of Nov 16, 2022, the average annual pay for a Space Force in the United States is $73,248 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $35.22 an hour.

What is a Space Force soldier called? ›

Vice President Mike Pence announced that personnel in the Space Force will be called Guardians. He spoke during a White House event marking the first anniversary of the U.S. Space Force, yesterday.

Does the Space Force see combat? ›

The exercise brought together Space Force members with counterparts in the U.S. Army and Air Force. The U.S. Space Force just completed a major joint training exercise that saw participants engage in simulated orbital combat.

What does space smell like? ›

Astronaut Thomas Jones said it "carries a distinct odor of ozone, a faint acrid smell…a little like gunpowder, sulfurous." Tony Antonelli, another space-walker, said space "definitely has a smell that's different than anything else." A gentleman named Don Pettit was a bit more verbose on the topic: "Each time, when I ...

What is the age limit for Space Force? ›

General Enlistment

Basic requirements: Be 17–39 years of age. Be a U.S. citizen. Have a high school diploma, GED with 15 college credits or GED.

How many weeks is Space Force boot camp? ›

All seven are bound for seven and a half weeks of basic training at Air Force BMT, which is located at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. While the number is modest, the actions are both meaningful and symbolic of the Space Force's evolution since it was created Dec.

Does the Space Force require boot camp? ›

Until now, new guardians have trained alongside airmen in the Air Force's basic military training program. What makes this boot camp unique is it's the first ever guardian-only basic training, led entirely by Space Force instructors who are teaching a space-centric curriculum.

Why Space Force get Cancelled? ›

Deadline reports Netflix caned Space Force for its usual reasons. The series failed to attract enough of an audience to justify its production budget. The cancelation comes mere days after Netflix laid off a significant number of the writers and editors it had hired to run its Tudum fan site website .

Is Space Force getting Cancelled? ›

When they heard "Space Force," many Americans' first thought wasn't of the two-year-old U.S. Space Force military branch but, rather, a Netflix comedy series of the same name starring actor Steve Carell.

Can I join the Space Force as a civilian? ›

Many of our opportunities are now considered hybrid, where you can work part time or full time remotely. As a Space Force Civilian employee, you'll likely work at a nearby Space Force base, where we offer many family-friendly amenities such as child care, entertainment, shopping and recreation facilities.

How difficult is it to get into the Space Force? ›

Gen. Ed Thomas, the Air Force Recruiting Service commander, told Military.com that last year they had more than 42,000 leads on people interested in joining to fill just 500 spots. "Space Force recruiting is on very solid ground right now," Thomas said. The Space Force is the smallest of the military service branches.

What's the highest rank in the Space Force? ›

The rank of general (or full general, or four-star general), ranks above lieutenant general (three-star general) and is the highest rank achievable in the U.S. Space Force.

What jobs are in Space Force? ›

Space Force Careers For Officers
  • Acquisition Manager.
  • Intelligence Officer.
  • Developmental Engineer.
  • Space Operations Officer.
  • Nuclear and Missile Operations Officer.
  • Munitions And Missile Maintenance Officer.

How much does an E 3 make in the Air Force a year? ›

Select years of service
RankMonthy payement
< 2 years3 years
E-2 AIRMAN$2,054.70$2,054.70
E-3 AIRMAN FIRST CLASS$2,160.60$2,435.70
E-4 SENIOR AIRMAN$2,393.40$2,652.00
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How much does a Navy SEAL make? ›

Salary Ranges for Navy Seals

The salaries of Navy Seals in the US range from $15,929 to $424,998 , with a median salary of $76,394 . The middle 57% of Navy Seals makes between $76,394 and $192,310, with the top 86% making $424,998.

How long can you stay in military retirement house? ›

As you transition into civilian life, service members and their family members have full access to Military OneSource for 365 days after separation or retirement.

Are Space Force members veterans? ›

While the Space Force was created in fiscal year 2020, Congress didn't expand the definition of “veteran” or make other changes to the law requiring VA to furnish benefits and services to Space Force veterans until 2021. Now halfway through 2022, the VA is announcing in a May 3, 2022, Federal Register posting.

What is Space Force called now? ›

Independent Space Force (2019–present)

The Space Force was established as the sixth armed service branch, with Air Force general John "Jay" Raymond, the commander of Air Force Space Command and U.S. Space Command, becoming the first chief of space operations.

What is the space forces motto? ›

"Semper Supra" was named after the USSF motto, which is Latin for, "Always Above." It was created to capture the esprit de corps of both current and future Guardians and intends to bring together service members by giving them a sense of pride.

Can you have tattoos in the Space Force? ›

Guardians can sport chest, back, arm, leg, foot, and neck tattoos. Chest and back tattoos can not be shown when wearing Space Force dress uniforms or if Guardians are wearing an open collar. One neck tattoo is allowed behind the ear and cannot exceed 1 inch in measurement.

Is the Space Force like the Marines? ›

The United States Space Force is a separate and distinct branch of the armed services, organized under the Department of the Air Force in a manner very similar to how the Marine Corps is organized under the Department of the Navy.

What branch of military is space? ›

The U.S. Space Force is the Military's sixth Service branch, with advanced operations on land, in air and in orbit. Its core mission is to deploy forces that improve the nation's defensive technology and communications capabilities, and to achieve key national objectives through military space power.

Do bodies decompose in space? ›

In space we can assume that there would be no external organisms such as insects and fungi to break down the body, but we still carry plenty of bacteria with us. Left unchecked, these would rapidly multiply and cause putrefaction of a corpse on board the shuttle or the ISS.

Does space have a bottom? ›

Our 4D universe does indeed have a top and bottom. The bottom (T=0) was the Big Bang. Space and time curved in, not to a point but to a parabola.

How cold is space? ›

Space is very, very cold. The baseline temperature of outer space is 2.7 kelvins (opens in new tab) — minus 454.81 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 270.45 degrees Celsius — meaning it is barely above absolute zero, the point at which molecular motion stops.

Can I join the military at 40 years old? ›

The maximum age to join the Army as an enlisted Soldier is 35, while Officers must accept their commission before age 31. However, the Army can lift some restrictions based on the need for certain roles to be filled. It's possible to receive an age waiver if you retire with 20 years of military service by age 55.

Can I join the military at 38? ›

All branches of the military set age limits on enlistment, ranging from age 27 to 39. Although civilian employers cannot make hiring decisions based on age, the U.S. Armed Forces needs youthful combat-ready soldiers in tip-top shape.

Can anyone enlist in Space Force? ›

Q: Who can transfer to the Space Force? A: At this time the Space Force is accepting applications from only regular component active duty officers and enlisted personnel (Colonels and below) serving in the United States Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.

How many recruits does the Space Force have? ›

Growing a Distinct Force

But, now, the service is growing and the 72 recruits will be making history. The recruits are the first in the service to be overseen by an independent command as they develop into future Guardians.

How much do you get paid in basic training? ›

Every enlisted recruit starts out as an E1, and can expect an annual salary of around $20,170.80. BMT is 10 weeks, so the average E1 payment for basic training is around $3,800 plus meals and housing.

Do you shoot guns in Air Force basic training? ›

Everyone in Air Force Basic Training fires the M-16 rifle on a standardized Air Force firing course. By "standardized," it means it qualifies as a regular Air Force qualification. That means (if you shoot good enough), you can qualify as an "expert," and be awarded the Air Force Small Arms Expert Ribbon.

Can you have your phone in basic training 2022? ›

There are no cell phones allowed in Basic Training. This is a consistent rule for all of the military branches: Do not expect your service member to be able to call you, text you, or receive your messages when they are in Basic Training.

What happens if you don't show up for basic training? ›

In theory, if an applicant fails to show up to ship out to basic training, the military could order the individual to active duty. And if the individual refused, the military could legally court-martial the individual. In reality, this never happens. Today's military is an all-volunteer force.

What is Space Force doing in 2022? ›

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle-6 (OTV-6), the U.S. Space Force's unmanned, reusable spaceplane, successfully deorbited and landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility on Nov. 12, 2022, at 05:22 a.m.

Is Space Force a uniform? ›

The Space Force has delivered a revamped grooming and uniform policy that will ensure that America's sixth military branch has a distinctive style, identity and culture.

Why is Space Force wife in jail? ›

Based on the "very serious" conviction, some have theorized that she might have been involved in a kidnapping, drug trafficking, or some type of fraud, if not treason.

Is Space Force still a branch of the military? ›

The U.S. Space Force is the 6th independent U.S. military service branch, tasked with missions and operations in the rapidly evolving space domain.

Is the Space Force permanent? ›

WASHINGTON — The Space Force on Nov. 22 formally established a unit within U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the Defense Department's largest combatant command.

What ASVAB score do you need for Space Force? ›

Completion of high school with coursework in algebra is required. Coursework in physics, geometry, trigonometry, and/or computer science is desirable. Normal color vision. ASVAB score of 70 on Electrical.

Does Space Force pay for college? ›

Enlisting in the Space Force offers a wide range of educational opportunities. We offer scholarships for Guardians who wish to pursue ongoing education, along with up to 100 percent tuition assistance through the Air Force Tuition Assistance Program, the Montgomery GI Bill or Post-9/11 Bill.

What are the physical requirements to join the Space Force? ›

More On: space

For the time being, members of the Force still need to be able to do one minute of pushups, one minute of sit-ups, and a timed 1.5-mile run. Space Force officials think it will also encourage members to take care of their bodies throughout the year, not just in preparation for the exam.

Does the Space Force do anything? ›

The USSF is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping Guardians to conduct global space operations that enhance the way our joint and coalition forces fight, while also offering decision makers military options to achieve national objectives.

Why did Space Force get Cancelled? ›

The show "Space Force" wasn't wildly popular and did not break into the overall Nielsen streaming weekly Top 10 ranking, according to a report by Deadline.

Can you join the Space Force right now? ›

Qualify. You must be 17–39 years of age, a U.S. citizen and have a high school diploma, GED with 15 college credits or GED.

How long is Space Force boot camp? ›

Over the course of seven and half weeks, these Guardians have been pushed to the physical limit as they march in the Texas heat. They've bonded with strangers as they become brothers and sisters in arms, and they've memorized the new ranks and customs of the Space Force. There have been trials along the way.

What is the Space Force motto? ›

The U.S Space Force released its logo and motto, Semper Supra (Always Above), July 22, 2020 at the Pentagon, D.C. The logo and motto honor the heritage and history of the U.S. Space Force.

Will Space Force return? ›

Space Force is canceled at Netflix after 2 seasons. Space Force is one of Netflix's biggest comedy projects to date which stars The Office's Steve Carrell. Despite major cost cutting it wasn't enough to warrant the show coming back for future episodes with the show now officially canceled as of April 2022.

What did the mom in Space Force go to jail for? ›

In Space Force season 2, episode 6, "The Doctor's Appointment," Captain Lancaster (Patton Oswalt) of the Mars mission tells Erin that his mother was in prison for selling fake cosmetics.

Will Space Force ever see combat? ›

The leaders of the Space Force foresee the service continuing to become more “lethal” in 2022, inventing new tactical scenarios in its third year while maturing its organizational charts and carving out roles for outside entities.

How many people enlisted in Space Force? ›

The Space Force is the smallest U.S. armed service, consisting of 8,400 military personnel.
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