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7 Important Suggestions For The Future Space Force Slogan
It’s not the first time a space-based U.S. military branch has been discussed — or debated, and lampooned — but as of Monday morning, it’s now official: the Space Force will be the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces.
“When it comes to defending America, it is not enough merely to have an American presence in space; we must have American dominance in space,” President Donald Trump said Monday at a White House National Space Council meeting. “I am hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”
“That’s a big statement,” Trump continued. “We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force — separate but equal. It is going to be something.”
It certainly is, but first things first: What the hell is the recruiting slogan going to be? Glad you asked, because we have some thoughts on that.
Here are seven totally serious recruiting taglines the newly minted Space Force might want to consider.
“To boldly police call where no one has police called before.”
Don’t get too excited about the prospect of a space-based military branch, especially if you’re junior enlisted. Even if the military started basing troops in space — which they probably won’t because, lol — every E-4 and below would spend the work-day bunny hopping about in zero-gs with a laser rake picking up space trash, that or re-painting moon rocks.
“Nuke it from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure."
Let’s be honest: You’re only excited about the prospect of a Space Force — which really should have been a Space Corps, but whatever — because it’ll breathe new life into those long-dead dreams of deploying with the Colonial Marines to LV-426 for a bug-hunt.
“Why do we exist?”
This is less a slogan and more of a serious question that actually requires an answer. As Task & Purpose’s Jeff Schogol reports, at this time the only official word from the Pentagon has come from Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who upon hearing the announcement remarked “We got it sir,” which pretty much amounts to: “Lol, okay.”
“I'm doing my part.”
Say what you will about the necessity of a sixth branch — there’s a real recruiting opportunity here! Just think: if there was a Space Corps (I’m not letting this go), DoD could just turn to the plethora of pulpy sci-fi space operas already out there. Half of the ad campaigns are already made and ready to go:
“Because jumping out of a perfectly good airplane isn’t hardcore enough.”
Join the Space Force: we’re like the airborne, but better, because we’re in space. To be fair, the idea of a deploying troops across the globe via drop-pod is objectively badass, and it’s provided ample fodder for sci-fi games for years. Then again, those in the Space Force might end up being the only troops likely to earn a higher disability rating from the VA for knee and back pain than the airborne.
“Welcome to the Space Force: Here’s your reflective belt.”
Oh, what, you thought the bullshit rules and regulations that came with the Global War on Terror would only apply to those operating on the globe? Not so fast, Buck Rogers: you can’t blast off ‘till you have proper eye and ear pro, and goddammit, why is there a rip in the crotch of your space trousers?
“We’re worried what grunts will do if we ever achieve world peace.”
Honestly, this is a fair concern. Better take to the stars to find new and intelligent life, and kill it.
‘We constantly have them on our minds’ — A little-known agency searches all over for the remains of MIA service members
The 80-minute ride each day to the site in Lang Son Province, Vietnam, through mostly unspoiled forestland and fields, reminded Air Force Master Sgt. Aliah Reyes a little of her hometown back in Maine.
The Eliot native recently returned from a 45-day mission to the Southeast Asian country, where she was part of a team conducting a search for a Vietnam War service member who went missing more than 45 years ago and is presumed dead.
Reyes, 38, enlisted in the Air Force out of high school and has spent more than half her life in military service. But she had never been a part of anything like this.
A U.S. Army Stryker armored vehicle burst into flames on the side of a Polish roadway on Saturday, the Army confirmed on Monday.
A memo circulating over the weekend warning of a "possible imminent attack" against U.S. soldiers in Germany was investigated by Army officials, who found there to not be a serious threat after all.
The U.S. Navy will name its fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier after Doris Miller, an iconic World War II sailor recognized for his heroism during the Pearl Harbor attack, according to reports in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and U.S. Naval Institute News.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is expected to announce the naming of CVN-81 during a ceremony on Monday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, according to USNI. Two of Miller's nieces are expected to be there, according to the Star-Advertiser.
Comedian Jon Stewart has joined forces with veterans groups to make sure service members who have been sickened by toxins from burn pits get the medical care they need, according to the Military Officers Association of America.
"Quite frankly, this is not just about burn pits — it's about the way we go to war as a country," Stewart said during his Jan. 17 visit to Washington, D.C. "We always have money to make war. We need to always have money to take care of what happens to people who are selfless enough, patriotic enough, to wage those wars on our behalf."