Since it’s inception, the United States Space Force has been the buzz of the internet. Everything from memes to videos have humorously speculated about what the new forthcoming branch’s uniforms would look like. While their recent reveal was nothing to laugh at, we all expected something a little — well — different.
While the biased crowd that hates President Donald Trump certainly still feels that the Space Force is a laughable idea that he cooked up, the concept has won many other open minded folks over. That’s because the new branch’s mission and shape has recently come into sharper focus since it’s creation.
Our fledgling branch of the United States military has seen it’s fair share of mean spirited internet meme mockery and playful humor. However, the burning question that has long been on the mind of many is — what exactly will the men and women of the Space Force be wearing?
The Type I Navy Work Uniforms (dis-affectionately called “Blueberries” for their blue and black appearance) were the butt of the armed service’s never ending Navy Jokes and were finally retired last year along with the long despised Army Camouflage Uniform pattern.
There’s precedence to be worried about what the DOD would finally settle on. So, there was little surprise when the Space Force memes began to swirl with ludicrous looking patterns from psychedelic colorful star-scapes and crazy Sci-Fi armor, to ridiculous looking repeating moon shapes.
Personally, I had long hoped for a variation of either the black and dark grey civilian digital camouflage to be adopted, or perhaps even the Multicam black pattern from Crye Precision. Nevertheless, it turns out that the deciding powers went with the most cost effective route.
This should come as no surprise given the DOD’s penchant for being penny-pinchers in the most important areas while being ridiculously wasteful in the inconsequential ones.
According to Military.com our United States Space Force operators will be wearing the same Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) as both the Army and Air Force. The OCP pattern was originally called the Scorpion W2 pattern and was adopted by the DOD in 2015.
The only change to the OCP Space Force uniforms will be the color of the thread used on the OCP name tapes. Talk about underwhelming and frankly disappointing news.
Let’s just hope that this initial step in uniform development is just that — a first step to something more impressive.