A 13-page document produced by the Department of Defense aims to serve as the beginnings of a framework that will lead to the establishment of the U.S. Space Force; an entirely new branch of the American armed forces dedicated to orbital military operations.

According to sources within the Pentagon, the existing 13-page draft will continue to mature in terms of content and strategy before it’s sent along to Congress in February, alongside the Defense Department’s funding requests for the 2020 fiscal year. That means the new branch may not come to fruition exactly as stated within the draft document, as there remains a great deal of debate, deliberation, and political posturing left to do before the first service member in this new branch gets a chance to lace up their space boots.

Notably, the document outlines plans to draw personnel from the Army, Navy, and Air Force in order to establish baseline staffing for the new force. These branches already possess some degree of space-based capabilities, particularly the Air Force, who currently oversees the U.S. Space Command. The basic framework for the new branch will come from absorbing elements of Air Force Space Command, the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, the Naval Satellite Operations Center, and the Army’s 1st Space Brigade. The by-name inclusion of these branches, however, may come as a disappointment to Marines everywhere that were among the first to get on board with a new space-branch after Congress proposed it last year under a slightly different title: the Space Corps. 

Further staffing would include a pilot program that would allow the Space Force to rapidly recruit personnel from the civilian sector for a “defined period after which the individual would return to civilian life.”