Q: What’s the difference between being ‘assigned’ to the Space Force versus being ‘transferred’? Is there really a difference?
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.
Q: What Air Force career fields will be transferred to the Space Force?
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.
Q: Will Airmen in those career fields automatically transfer into the Space Force?
Q: What is the impact to Air Force civilians?
Q: How do Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who are not part of a redesignated unit become part of Space Force?
Q: Will service member pay be impacted?
Q: Will service members transferring into the Space Force retain their existing rank/grade?
Q: Will service members assigned to Space Force have the ability to opt out if they prefer to stay in the U.S. Air Force (or other branch of the military)?
Q: How will promotion opportunities and advancement be impacted for those who move to the Space Force?
Q: Will the Space Force have a service academy?
Q: What grades will the Space Force have?
Q: How can I join the Space Force?
Q: What is the difference between the U.S. Space Force and U.S. Space Command?
Q: Will the Army and Navy be in the USSF?
Q: Will there be a Space Guard and Space Reserve?
Q: When will the Space Force gets its own uniform? What will the uniform look like?
Q: What will the official Space Force seal and logos look like?