Transfers include a mix of space operators, intelligence, acquisition and cyber specialists
WASHINGTON – The US Space Force announced on June 30 that it had selected 50 members of the military, navy and marine corps to transfer to the space branch, and hundreds more could be chosen from the weeks to come.
The group of 50 officers and soldiers was selected from more than 3,700 people who applied during the month of March, the Space Force said.
“We are overwhelmed by the number of applicants and the influx of support our sister services have provided as we teamed up to design the Space Force,” said Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations.
Transfers include a mix of space operators, intelligence specialists, acquisition and cyber specialists.
Space Force chose the top 50 to “beta test” the transfer process, the service said. Approximately 350 additional members of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps will be selected in July to transfer to the space force over the coming months and to fill positions in space operations, intelligence, cybersecurity, l engineering and procurement.
“The competition for selection has been tough. So many candidates are top performers with experiences and skills well suited to the Space Force, ”said Patricia Mulcahy, Space Force Human Capital Manager.
Since the creation of the Space Force in December 2019, approximately 5,200 members of the former Air Force Space Command have been transferred. The plan is to build a service of about 8,000 military and 8,000 civilians.
Apart from these transfers of individual soldiers, the Space Force absorbs satellite communication units from the Army and the Navy.
The Space Force is an independent service organized under the aegis of the Air Force Department.
Space Force advocates have welcomed the decision to start bringing in members from other services.
“Finally, a vision that we have defended so fiercely from day one in the White House is becoming a reality,” said Mir Sadat, former head of the National Security Council and now editor of the Space Force Journal.
Sadat said in a social media post that the Defense Secretary should “push the other secretaries on duty alongside a few general / general officers in sister services.” This will help the Space Force build its own culture and further integrate with land and sea forces, he said.