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All you need to know about Space Force uniform changes

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U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Wyatt Stabler

Since its inception, the Space Force hasn’t had its own uniform. In fact, Guardians have been wearing Air Force uniforms. But all that’s about to change. Current Guardians are field testing new Space Force uniforms and the responses are good, so far. The Space Force uniform includes three different choices worn on different occasions.

Service Dress Uniform & Combat Utility Uniform

The current Space Force uniform worn to non-formal but official events like graduations and promotion ceremonies is the same as the USAF uniform. However, that’s about to change. The current uniform includes a three-button coat with silver-colored buttons. The coat features a design known as “Hap Arnold wings.” The Air Force Uniform consists of a matching pair of trousers, and pants can be substituted with a skirt.

Enlisted Guardians wear cloth ranks on both sleeves, while officers wear metal ranks on the shoulders of their coats.

The current Space Force combat utility uniform includes the Army Operational Camouflage Pattern. However, certain Guardians are exempt from wearing this uniform based on their job function. 

U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Scott Stalker, United States Space Command command senior enlisted leader, and U.S. Space Force Chief Master Sgt. Willie Frazier, Space Systems Command command senior enlisted leader, walk down a hall that honors SSC’s previous command senior enlisted leaders at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 5, 2023. (U.S. Space Force photo by Capt. Mahalia Frost)

According to a memorandum published in May 2022, “The image Guardians present in uniform is a symbol of service identity and culture.”

For Space Force service uniforms, new changes include adding stripes to the service dress uniform. The pockets are getting changed, too, as are the number and direction of the jacket buttons. There will even be additional pockets on the jacket, making the Space Force uniform look nothing like the USAF dress uniform.

The New Space Force Look 

The daily Space Force Guardian uniform includes specific branch coloring. Guardians also wear a full-color U.S. flag patch, grade insignia, occupational badge, and name and service tapes. The catch is they have to be sewn on with “space-blue” embroidery on a three-color OCP background. Until space blue patches are widely available, the branch has authorized a spice brown color. 

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U.S. Space Force Maj. Dylan Caudill, executive officer for the deputy chief of space operations, discusses uniform changes Dec. 8, 2021, with 30 Space Force Guardians at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla. (U.S. Space Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)

New uniform items are additions that Guardians can wear on their interim service dress uniform. The hope here is that these additions help separate the Guardians from the Airmen when they’re in service dress.

These include a hexagonal nametape for all Guardians. Enlisted USSF members will also have a hexagonal lapel insignia. Service hat badges will be different for officers and enlisted Guardians, and now, the Space Force “Delta, Globe and Orbit” buttons will also be part of the uniform.

Guardians are also testing new PT uniforms to help further differentiate them from the Air Force.

Want to go deeper? The SPFGM2022-36-01 Space Force Guidance Memorandum Establishing U.S. Space Force (USSF) Dress and Appearance Standards specifies.

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