When you think about camouflage, you think about blending in. Picture a stick insect that's barely recognizable from the brown twigs around it.
But when the U.S. Space Force was putting ideas on the table for its uniform, blending in didn't seem to be a priority for the military organization.
Understandably, the regular camouflage uniform that was tweeted by the U.S. Space Force on Friday is being mocked rather forcefully online.
One uniform to fit them all
The U.S. Space Force was officially launched by U.S. President Donald Trump on December 20. As a follow-up, the Space Force posted a picture of its "new" uniform on its Twitter page.
What's so special about this uniform? Absolutely nothing, and that's the issue.
The picture that was posted online displays a regular woodland camo design — that means it's green, brown and beige. Fantastic camouflage when in amongst trees, bushes, and mud, but there's not a whole lot of that happening up in Space.
The only distinction from this uniform to that of the regular U.S. Army is the embroidered badges on the arm and the chest.
Naturally, keyboard warriors prowling the internet have had a field day when posting remarks about the uniform online.
Some of the reactions have been especially entertaining:
Dumbest thing I have ever seen or heard! Camo in space, who knew??? Taxpayers are now paying for a new branch of the military: Space Farce with appropriate camo gear! 🤪😜🤪— Mem7 (@giard_joan) January 18, 2020
Some commenters seem to understand the true meaning of Space camo better than the Force:
😂😂😂 wouldn't BLACK be a better camouflage outfit in space😂😂😂— Carmens Revolution (@rubysrevolution) January 18, 2020
This tweeter makes a good point:
In Space, no one can hear you laugh.— John Urban (@Mittendweller) January 18, 2020
Some are offering free advice on what the uniform should look like:
You better try these: pic.twitter.com/zw8POtf6wa— ПАРТНЕР (@PartnerAssist) January 19, 2020
Others can't quite believe it's true:
Oh my god! Thought it was a Joke at first 😂😂😂😂— OASI (@oasiwake) January 18, 2020
And some are a little more understanding, but still have some input:
Actually, camo makes perfect sense since after all, 99%+ of the space force personell will be operating space equipment *from the ground*. But such a wasted opportunity... pic.twitter.com/hYg3Gs7UHc— Skeptic1972 (@skeptic1972) January 19, 2020
Why have a Space Force?
President Trump stated that the Force would assist the U.S. military in protecting the nation's assets in Space. The plan is to "deter aggression" in what Trump called "the world's newest war-fighting domain." Aka: Space.
The Force won't be sending troops up to Space, however. Its purpose is to protect the numerous satellites used for communication and surveillance.