Critics say uniforms look like they came off a science fiction TV show
Some people call them futuristic; others say they’re a new take on the classic double-breasted tunic. But it seems everyone has a reaction to the new Space Force uniforms that the chief of space operations, Gen. John Raymond, unveiled at a conference this week, NPR reports.
Commenters took exception to the pants being a different color. And many seemed to agree with a commenter on the Space Force’s Facebook page who posted an image from Battlestar Galactica, saying the new uniform echoes the TV series. The person also added one of the show’s taglines: “So say we all.”
The Space Force uniform combines a dark blue jacket with gray pants. Its buttons prominently feature the delta shape that the service adopted soon after its creation — and which has frequently been compared to the Starfleet emblem from the venerable Star Trek franchise.
The six buttons symbolize the Space Force’s status as the sixth branch of the U.S. military, Raymond said Tuesday, as two guardians — the name for Space Force service members — modeled the uniform at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference at National Harbor, Md.
“Every winning team needs a uniform!” the general stated on Twitter.
The uniforms are still in the prototype stage, Raymond said, predicting that they will be tweaked a bit before going into “wear testing” in the coming months. After that, he added, they’ll be rolled out to the force’s guardians.
“We started with the female design and then created the male prototype” for the uniforms, Raymond added.
The newly unveiled uniforms are “service dress” — the military equivalent to a coat and tie and a notch below full, formal or dinner dress. But a commenter on the Space Force subreddit says that for that purpose, “this is way over the top,” suggesting that the uniforms seem too formal and constricting.
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