The US Military has launched the first recruiting video for the newest branch of the armed forces, the United States Space Force.
The video opens with a young man looking to the stars and asking “What if?” with potential candidates challenged “Maybe you weren’t put here just to ask the questions.”
Watch the video below [enhanced privacy mode enabled]:
The US Space Force was founded on 19 December 2019 as the sixth branch of the US military, and has a proposed budget for 2021 of $15.38 billion. It comes following the initiative of the President in 2018 that the United States “reclaim its heritage as the world’s greatest spacefaring nation”.
On its launch, according to General Raymond there was a staff of around 26,000 attached to the Space Force.
The current Chief of Space Operations, Jay Raymond was sworn in on 14 January 2020 by Vice President Mike Pence. General Raymond’s great-great-grandfather graduated first in his class at West Point, and was followed as West Point graduates by his great-grandfather, grandfather and father.
At his swearing in, General Raymond remarked, “We do not want a conflict to begin in or extend into space. We want to deter that conflict from happening. The best way that I know how to do that is to do so from a position of strength.
In a discussion at CSIS on 18 November 2020, mentioned that beyond Deterrence, the Space Force would also allow (ii) the active Defence of infrastructure in space, (iii) the Delivery of joint warfighting capability with the other branches of the military, and (iv) the Development, presumably, of new capacity.