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Space Force Is Worried About Being Called Silly Names

By Keith Cowing
September 7, 2019
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Space Force Is Worried About Being Called Silly Names

What will we call the men and women of the Space Force?, The Hill
“In the shorter term, Space Force personnel may conduct operations beyond Earth orbits in the near- to mid-term, so the nickname “orbiter” may unduly limit their potential. Defining Space Force personnel by motive power seems both limiting and premature. But “rocketeer” and “orbiter” have the obvious negatives of sounding a bit silly and not commanding respect. … The main drawbacks of “trooper” might also sound silly because of pop culture references, and there is no clear understanding of what a space “trooper” does. Since the Space Force will probably not field anything resembling “Starship Troopers'” Mobile Infantry anytime soon (or for that matter, “Star Wars'” storm troopers), trooper may also be considered false advertising by the American public. In addition, it would not be a good idea to mirror image the Russians and copy their model when we are trying to create a separate and unique force of our own.”

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