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US Space Force Defends Its Uniforms

It's a better look for Earth than orbit, military and online fashion critics agree
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2020 10:45 AM CST
The Space Force utility uniform.   (US Space Force)

(Newser) – The Space Force has unveiled its utility uniforms, which look a lot like the other military branches' uniforms. There are reasons for that, the Hill reports. The nation's newest branch of the military "is utilizing current Army/Air Force uniforms, saving costs of designing/producing a new one." The tweet was in answer to online mocking that greeted the camouflage uniforms Friday. "Why do we need camo in space?" one tweet asked, while another pointed out that the uniforms will be perfect if you have to "blend into a space jungle."

The military hadn't claimed it had chosen the latest fashion in military spacewear; the Twitter announcement with a photo of the uniform with a United States Space Command patch said: "The first #SpaceForce utility uniform nametapes have touched down in the Pentagon." Space jungles weren't a consideration. The uniforms are intended for use on Earth, per the Washington Post. "Members will look like their joint counterparts they'll be working with, on the ground," the followup tweet said. This way, Space Force members won't be dressed all spacey when they're walking around the Pentagon. Or the grocery store. (Combat troops in space isn't the idea.)

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