(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott)
Trump’s Space Force seems to be gaining in popularity as a new report shows over 8500 U.S. Airmen have applied to join the force.
According to The Hill:
More than 8,500 airmen volunteered to join the Space Force during May, the first month applications to transfer into the military’s newest branch were accepted, it said Tuesday.
“I am incredibly proud of the men and women who made the bold decision to volunteer to join the U.S. Space Force and defend the ultimate high ground,” Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond said in a statement. “It is a critical time for space, and those airmen will build the Space Force necessary to compete, deter and win as required to meet the needs of the National Defense Strategy.”
The applicants come from 13 eligible officer and enlisted career fields in the Air Force. About 6,000 of them will be chosen to transfer, according to a news release.
Transfers for those in space-focused career fields will start in September, while more general career fields will start transferring in February, according to the release.
The report said that airmen who do not want to transfer but are in space focused careers will be given the option of retraining, transferring to the reserves, or applying for retirement or separation.