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PERSONNEL

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A: The personnel who belonged to AFSPC are now assigned to the USSF, but currently remain Airmen with the U.S. Air Force.  Airmen in select space-related jobs will be transferred into the USSF (becoming members of the USSF) in deliberate manner over the next 18 months, while other Airmen will remain assigned to the USSF in a supporting role.
 

A: Yes, there is a difference.  An “assigned” individual is a person who performs work in support of a specific mission, in this case the U.S. Space Force.  A “transferred” individual in this situation is someone who has changed their enlistment or appointment as an officer from one particular branch of the Armed Forces to another. 

This will be similar to how we approach manning for Combatant Commands and Joint Organizations where members are “assigned” to the organization based on expertise to support the mission.  These individuals receive day-to-day direction from the Combatant Command or Joint Organization, but their administrative control (e.g., their authority to be promoted or disciplined) falls within the Service in which they enlisted or were appointed as an officer. 

In the long term, U.S. Space Force organizations will need to be manned with individuals from the 6th Armed Forces branch (the U.S. Space Force), since it will have organic capability in space operations, intelligence, acquisition and other operational support specialties.  It will also need significant support from the U.S. Air Force for things like base operating support, logistics, medical, dental and legal.   
 

A: Department of the Air Force members fall into three broad groups, based on their Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC): Organic to the U.S. Space Force; organic to the U.S. Air Force; shared between U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force.   

Organic to USSF are those assigned to space operations and space systems operations.  Over time, after we work through the transfer process, positions requiring this expertise will be filled by the USSF, and personnel with this expertise will be organized, trained and equipped by the USSF. 

Shared between USSF and USAF will be intelligence, cyber, acquisitions, and engineers.  There will be positions and people with these sets of expertise in both USAF and USSF.  USSF and USAF will build capability to organize, train and equip individuals with this expertise and will be required to provide Combatant Commanders with this capability. 

Organic to USAF are the remaining specialties.  The Air Force will retain responsibility to organize, train and equip these Airmen and provide this expertise and capability to Combatant Commanders. 

Members are part of the 6th branch of the Armed Forces (the U.S. Space Force) once they have been transferred either through a new appointment for officers or by being enlisted into the U.S. Space Force.  The Department of the Air Force will go through a deliberate process and will provide information to individuals to help guide their decision to transfer into the U.S. Space Force. 
 

A: The Department of the Air Force follows applicable laws and policies to transfer members into the U.S. Space Force.  This includes offering individuals an opportunity to volunteer and be selected for transfer into the U.S. Space Force.  Until transferred, Air Force personnel are continuing to execute the space mission as Airmen assigned to those designated units that move to the U.S. Space Force.  All members will receive information on the next steps of the transfer strategy.   
 
A: Air Force civilians in units that move to the U.S. Space Force remain Department of the Air Force employees.  All provisions of law and polices affecting civilians will remain the same.  There is no change to pay, benefits, or retirement.   
 
A: Individuals who volunteer and are selected will be transferred into the U.S. Space Force in the near future.  Individuals who are not initially part of this cadre may request an inter-service transfer.  And like today’s inter-service transfers, decisions are made based on the member’s ability to perform the new mission and the needs of both gaining and losing Services. 
 
A: No, there is no change to pay and allowances or benefits for service members who transfer to the U.S. Space Force.  Service members who transfer without a break in service will retain their benefits, including retirement plan and thrift savings benefits. 
 
A: Yes – all members transferring into the U.S. Space Force retain their existing grade. 
 
A: In the near term, service members who prefer to stay in the U.S. Air Force, even if they have an Air Force Specialty Code that will be organic to the U.S. Space Force, will be retained.  Over time, members whose specialty is organic to the U.S. Space Force either need to transfer to the Space Force, retrain into a specialty in the U.S. Air Force, or separate/retire.  Individuals who are in shared AFSCs will be able to stay in the U.S. Air Force, but they may be assigned to support USSF missions and organizations.   
 
A: Personnel are transferred in the same status (grade, duty, and pay status) that they had prior to transfer.  There will be no penalty for transferring to the Space Force, and it will not affect time-in-grade or retirement eligibility.   
 
A: There are no plans at this time for a U.S. Space Force specific service academy.  We expect to commission officers from existing service academies, Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, and Officer Candidate Schools into the U.S. Space Force.  It’s important to note that the Air Force Academy and other commissioning services are already commissioning space-minded officers.  
 
A: At this time, the Space Force has the same grade structure as the other military services (i.e., E-1-E-9, O-1-O-10 and incoming members will retain their current specific rank (e.g. Staff Sergeant, Major, etc.).  No decisions have been made at this time on whether there will be any future changes.   
 
A: Throughout the next year, the Department of the Air Force will determine career and accession paths for military and civilian personnel assigned or wanting to be assigned to U.S. Space Force.  While the exact process of joining the U.S. Space Force is still being developed, anyone interested in joining the U.S. Space Force should look at current Air Force space-focused career fields such as Space Operations or Space Systems Maintenance.  
 

ORGANIZATIONAL & CULTURE

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A: The organization, Air Force Space Command, was redesignated as the U.S. Space Force.
 
A: The USSF is the newest branch of the Armed Forces – like the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines – that is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping forces for the space domain. U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) is the newest of eleven different Combatant Commands responsible for planning and conducting all military operations in a specific geographic or functional area or domain – in this case, the space domain.   
 
A: The USSF will initially be composed of space missions and personnel previously assigned to the U.S. Air Force.  The DoD vision is to consolidate space missions from across the existing Armed Forces into the USSF in the future, as appropriate and consistent with law. 
 
A: Only Congress can establish a Space Guard and Space Reserve as new reserve components of the armed forces.  Until such establishment, existing Guard and Reserve remain critical to the space mission performed by the U.S. military today.  Air Guard and Reserve units will be aligned to the U.S. Space Force as directed by the Secretary of the Air Force.  The Department of the Air Force will provide to the Congressional defense committees a total force management plan in support of the U.S. Space Force no later than 90 days after the establishment of the USSF. 
 
A: The OCPs are the utility uniform of the Army and Air Force and as such, it is the utility uniform of space operators in both services.  OCPs are the utility uniform of the U.S. Space Force although like the other services, we will have a distinctive thread color.  Currently, there is not a separate service dress uniform, rank structure or official name for members serving in the Space Force.  Due to the importance of these symbols of service identify and culture, we are following a deliberate design process to ensure we accurately represent the excellence and heritage of the men and women of the U.S. Space Force.
 
A: The U.S. Space Force official seal was unveiled on Jan. 24, 2020.  The U.S. Space Force logo is being developed, and we look forward to unveiling it in the near future.

 

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