When Space Force released its prototype dress uniform in September last year, many pointed out that it was giving the “Battlestar Galactica appeal. To complete the sci-fi vibe, each button bore the branch’s logo, and others say it looks like the ones in Star Trek. The criticism was not just exclusive to the uniform but the branch itself. Using the taxpayers’ money to design such uniforms, more so, establishing a new military branch aimed to “maintain space superiority” of the US is really something. Netflix also featured a workplace satire starring Steve Carrell called “Space Force.”

Last May, US Space Force’s (USSF) uniform was updated, and people could not help but notice that the new uniform was similar to Steve Carrell’s Netflix’s Space Force uniform this time.

Establishing Space Force

In 2019, Trump signed the act establishing the US Space Force during a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, creating the sixth military branch and a new one since 1947. With that and a budget of $738 billion for the fiscal year 2020, everything about Space Force had to be made from the ground up. Part of it, of course, was the logo and uniform that would visually represent the branch. As Trump said during the ceremony,

Space is the world’s newest warfighting domain. Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital. We’re leading, but we’re not leading by enough, and very shortly, we’ll be leading by a lot.

Timothy Sandland, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

A common criticism was that the agency and its goal to “protect the interests of the United States in space” was so much a waste of money that Netflix released a satirized series of the agency, starring Steve Carell.

But so what? Space Force just went with their thing and released the prototype of their uniform that, as mentioned above, had the Battlestar Galactica-Star Trek vibe. As NPR described,

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.

Chief of Space Force operations Gen. John Raymond predicted that the uniform would still be tweaked before being finally rolled out to “force’s guardians.”