The Space Force's prototype dress uniforms look like something out of science fiction

The US Space Force unveiled its prototype dress uniform on Sept. 21, 2021.
The US Space Force unveiled its prototype dress uniform on Sept. 21, 2021. (Image credit: US Space Force via Twitter)

We just got our first look at the U.S. Space Force's formal wear.

Gen. John "Jay” Raymond, the Space Force's chief of space operations, unveiled the military branch's prototype dress uniform Tuesday (Sept. 21) at the Air Force Association's Air, Space & Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

The dress uniform consists of gray pants and a dark blue coat. The coat features six diagonally arrayed silver buttons, giving the ensemble a bit of a "Battlestar Galactica" vibe. Adding to the sci-fi appeal, each button bears the Space Force's "Star Trek"-esque delta logo. The number of buttons references the Space Force's status as the sixth and newest American military branch, Air Force magazine reported.

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Tuesday's reveal continued a fashion show of sorts for the Space Force, whose members are known as Guardians. On Monday (Sept. 20), the branch tweeted out a video highlighting the Space Force's physical training uniform, which is currently "undergoing wear testing." 

The PT uniform — a gray T-shirt and black shorts — is modeled in the video by Guardian Mahala Norris, who won the NCAA steeplechase title this past June

Also on Monday, the Space Force revealed its insignia for enlisted ranks: a dark blue hexagon surrounding a white delta, with horizontal white stripes across the hexagon indicating higher grades. The hexagon is another reference to the Space Force's sixth-branch status, according to Air Force Magazine.

The Space Force showed us its combat uniforms last year. Guardians on duty wear camouflage fatigues, a disappointing choice for wags and dreamers who were hoping for something a bit more cosmic — black bodysuits spangled with stars, perhaps.

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) was established in December 2019 within the Department of the Air Force. The setup is similar to that of the Marine Corps, which is officially part of the U.S. Navy.

"The USSF is a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force," the branch's mission statement reads. "USSF responsibilities include developing Guardians, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands."

Mike Wall is the author of "Out There" (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a book about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook. 

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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.