The US Space Force has been forced to defend its extraordinary decision to unveil camouflage uniforms after they were roundly mocked online.
The new force, launched by president Donald Trump just weeks ago, was shown on Twitter with the woodland camouflage design. Many were baffled, because such a look would surely be unnecessary in space. Camouflage is, after all, supposed to aid soldiers trying to blend in with their surroundings.
The force has now explained their decision in a tweet with the words:
USSF is utilizing current Army/Air Force uniforms, saving costs of designing/producing a new one.
Members will look like their joint counterparts they’ll be working with, on the ground.
The US Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett has said the Space Force will consist of about 16,000 air force and civilian personnel with funding of $40m in the first year of its existence. It seems the uniform will remain the same since the powers that be are not interested in spending any more money than is entirely necessary.