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US Space Force: Departments’s new camouflage uniform sparks ridicule on social media

The Space Force released a photo of the uniform and nametape on Friday. This was a month after US President Donald Trump signed the sixth branch of the military into existence on December 20.

@SpaceForceDoD made the announcement by tweeting: “The first #SpaceForce utility uniform nametapes have touched down in the Pentagon.”

How many trees are you expecting to find in space?

Author James Felton

Military.com reported four-star rank on the uniform, as well as the Command Space Operations badge over the new navy blue-embroidered service nametape indicated the showcased uniform belonged to the first commander of the US Space Force, General John Raymond.

The uniform in the photo also featured a United States Space Command patch and a full-colour American flag.

Despite the cosmic environment of the command, Space Force continues with the traditional earth-tone camouflage pattern for its daily-use, utility uniform.

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US Space Force: The new department tweeted this image of a uniform bearing its new official name (Image: Twitter)

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US Space Force camouflage uniform twitter reaction

US Space Force: Twitter users were quick to question why the space-themed military branch was using forest-coloured camouflage (Image: Twitter)

The new uniforms were welcomed with praise in a tweet by the US Navy, which called the clothing “out of this world.”

However, the lack of a more celestial-themed uniform led to wide-spread mockery on social media.

Author James Felton tweeted: “How many trees are you expecting to find in space?

This prompted a fellow Twitter user to respond with a Star Wars reference: “Come on, Jim. You know how difficult it is to defeat Ewoks in battle.”

US Space Force camouflage uniform twitter reaction

US Space Force: The department's tweet about the camouflage uniform and its nametape was mocked (Image: Twitter)

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Science fiction author Chuck Wendig added: “Are they fighting on the forest moon of Endor?”

Another Twitter user posted photographs of camouflage and a black swatch, commenting: “I know this is hard to understand, but on the left there is a picture of camouflage and on the right there is a picture of space.

“Study these carefully until you can see the difference.”

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi tweeted: “LOL. Perfect for hiding in that space jungle.”

US Space Force General John Raymond

US Space Force: It is thought the Space Force uniform in the picture belonged to General John Raymond (R) (Image: Getty)

One Twitter user asked: “Sorry for the question but why do we need camo in space?”

Space Force responded by tweeting: “We don’t. Space Operators are on the ground, on Earth working with joint partners like the @usairforce and @USArmy. Hence utilising their uniform.”

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The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act rebranded the US Air Force Space Command, which initially debuted in 1982, to create the new Space Force department.

The 16,000 active duty airmen and civilians who served in the Air Force Space Command up until the moment the bill was signed, became part of the new Space Force.

Aside from splintering off personnel to the Space Force, the Air Force is expected to rename some of its “principal” bases - which already house Air Force Space Command units - as “Space Bases”.

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