The Space Force caught a lot of flak for naming its members “guardians,” but isn’t it better than FloatyBois or Astrogators?
Those are two of the more than 400 suggestions military space personnel submitted to name members of the new service, which was established in 2019.
For the first year of the Space Force’s existence, officials called members of the new service "space professionals" while they came up with a permanent name, akin to soldier, sailor, airman and Marine. The service crowd-sourced suggestions from members of the military space workforce for what to name members of the branch.
In December, Vice President Mike Pence announced members of the new service would be called “guardians,” which immediately became the butt of jokes on social media because of the similarity to the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies.
But the Space Force had more science fiction-inspired names it could have picked. Fleet Officer and Trekkies were both among the suggested names.
Troops clearly had fun with the suggestions, which included Space Cadet, Spacies, Anti-Gravity Gang and Spacefolk, which all fulfilled Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond’s requirement that the name be gender-neutral.
Many in the public still confuse NASA’s civil space mission with the Space Force’s national security focus, and a name like Ground-Based Astronauts would not help.
Someone else suggested Cosmonaut, which is already the name for Russian astronauts.
Others perhaps took the suggestion process too literally, with one suggestion just saying “nothing because you wouldn’t hear it in space anyway.”
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