On Monday, June 18, it was announced that President Trump had directed the United States Pentagon to create a Space Force, which will effectively serve as the “6th branch of the US military.” As for why America needs a space force, President Trump said it’s because we “must have American dominance in space.”
To be honest, space is awesome — I’m a huge space nerd — so I’m all for further exploration into (and dominance of) space. After all — as countless sci-fi movies have told us — space is the final frontier.
As for what exactly the Space Force will be, not much is known about how it will operate other than that it will be a “separate but equal” military branch.
via The Hill:
“In defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space,” Trump said during a meeting with members of the National Space Council.
“I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal.”
The declaration follows statements made in March in which he endorsed the idea of creating an independent military branch for space.
However, while plenty of people are scrambling to figure out what the Space Force is actually going to do, we just wanted to find the best memes and Twitter reactions.
M-A-R-S MARS bitches pic.twitter.com/vuXBpMdLqi
— COED (@COED) June 18, 2018
TIRED: We're too broke to keep doing joint military exercises with South Korea.
WIRED: Let's create a "SPACE FORCE!" so we can conquer Mars pic.twitter.com/wfPfbeioh1
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 18, 2018
Year 2020: Trump's Space Force Army stands ready for inspection. pic.twitter.com/z72spVfHLX
— Arden Jones (@ardenjones478) June 18, 2018
"Hello? Yes, this is Space Force." pic.twitter.com/AJ07zc8Fsh
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) June 18, 2018
Whenever I hear "Space Force" pic.twitter.com/xavJXqUNkc
— Joseph Dempsey (@JosephHDempsey) June 18, 2018
nothing but respect for my space force pic.twitter.com/Mjif62rsKh
— Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) June 18, 2018
Our new Space Force is taking shape nicely pic.twitter.com/CWxnmQcc8l
— Matt (@mattywalsh) June 18, 2018
Go Go Space Force! pic.twitter.com/xAAxvqcb9r
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 18, 2018
We already have a space force pic.twitter.com/dqZ5ecHphe
— Laura D'Angelo (@laurakdangelo) June 18, 2018