The U.S. Space Force unveiled new uniform prototypes on Tuesday, drawing comparisons to “Star Trek” and “Battlestar Galactica.”
The Space Force’s service dress prototype was introduced at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference in Maryland on Tuesday. It includes a navy coat with six buttons running diagonally up the right-hand side and gray pants.
The new uniforms mark a change from the Air Force dress blues the Space Force uniform was derived from in 2019, according to Military.com.
Today, @SpaceForceCSO Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond unveiled the Guardian Service Dress prototype a modern, distinctive, professional uniform during the @AirForceAssoc's #ASC21. pic.twitter.com/tnDJnMkCMo— United States Space Force (@SpaceForceDoD) September 21, 2021
Gen. John Raymond said the six buttons, which bear the Space Force emblem, are meant to symbolize the Space Force being the military’s sixth service, Military.com reported.
Lt. Col. Alison Gonzalez, the Space Force deputy chief of strategy who modeled the new uniform at the conference on Tuesday, reportedly said the prototypes were designed taking women into account, which is a diversion from the military's usual strategy of creating uniforms for men and then adjusting them for women.
The prototype, however, is now drawing comparisons to sci-fi series “Star Trek” and “Battlestar Galactica,” with individuals turning to social media to discuss the similar uniforms.
Stephen Losey, a reporter at Military.com, tweeted a photo of a woman wearing the uniform prototype and Captain Kirk from "Star Trek" with the caption “Getting some Wrath of Khan flashbacks all of a sudden.”
The Twitter account for the Armed Forces Committee of Western New York also tweeted photos of the prototype and Captain Kirk.
Prototypes of the US Space Force Dress Blues. Thoughts? Similarities? pic.twitter.com/R2t0qOBcXT— WNYAFC (@WNYArmedForces) September 21, 2021
Another Twitter user called the new uniform "a blend of the Star Trek Enterprise dress uniform, but with the Mirror Universe diagonal."
The new Space Force uniform— Peter W. Singer (@peterwsinger) September 21, 2021
A blend of the Star Trek Enterprise dress uniform, but with the Mirror Universe diagonal pic.twitter.com/2XyGxJN0Tq
“So you're really gonna make the Space Force uniforms look like Battlestar Galactica huh?” another Twitter user wrote.
So you're really gonna make the Space Force uniforms look like Battlestar Galactica huh? pic.twitter.com/PQXlK1Mt2t— Undoomed (@Undoomed) September 21, 2021