U.S. Space Force May Become a Possibility for a Few Naval Academy Graduates

 In Sea, Air, GCC, Space, Forces & Capabilities, U.S. Navy

Capt. Ryan Vickers stands for a photo to display his new service tapes after taking his oath of office to transfer from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Space Force on Sept. 1, 2020, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. U.S. AIR FORCE / Staff Sgt. Kayla White

ARLINGTON, Va. — In the future, a com­mis­sion in the U.S. Space Force may be a pos­si­bil­i­ty for a few new grad­u­ates of the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA). 

“USNA grad­u­ates select com­mis­sions into the Navy or Marine Corps,” said Cmdr. Alana Garas, a Naval Academy spokes­woman, in a state­ment to Seapower.  “All mid­ship­men are eli­gi­ble to request inter­ser­vice com­mis­sions into other ser­vices. This is sep­a­rate from the ser­vice assign­ment process.  We expect future grad­u­ates of USNA to be able to request com­mis­sions in the U.S. Space Force, although it remains unclear if the Department of the Air Force will accept any Space Force inter­ser­vice com­mis­sion requests from the class of 2021.” 
 
Garas said there are no quotas for any ser­vice regard­ing inter­ser­vice com­mis­sions, “although there is a ceil­ing of 3% of the grad­u­at­ing class which can be accept­ed.” 

She said the “U.S. Air Force Academy will serve as the pri­ma­ry com­mis­sion­ing ser­vice acad­e­my for the U.S. Space Force (both Department of the Air Force) in the same manner as the U.S. Naval Academy is the pri­ma­ry com­mis­sion­ing ser­vice acad­e­my for the U.S. Marine Corps (both Department of the Navy).” 
 
USNA grad­u­ates have long been eli­gi­ble to request com­mis­sions in the U.S. Air Force. 

“USNA grad­u­ates will con­tin­ue to be able to request inter­ser­vice com­mis­sions into the U.S. Air Force,” Garas said.  “The last U.S. Air Force com­mis­sion from USNA was one grad­u­ate in the class of 2020.” 

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