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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Initially, it being a new frontier, it would be Navy, hands down. Has to be. But I am certain there are roles that the Air Force could offer that would be beneficial. They got some pretty smart guys too.

    But after it get's dialed-in and common place, such as air travel is today, I am sure the Air Force can more than adequately assume the position. And are even better suited for it. They are the best.

    The Navy avaitors just takes "best" to a higher level. It would be a shame to waste such talent on such mundane things that have become run-of-the-mill repetition. There is ALWAYS another frontier beyond.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    I don't think there is an issue with either one. Both have clear command rank structure. The Navy has more expertise(IMO) in long term logistics considerations, so their input would be greatly valued in that arena. Each branch would probably specialize in some aspect of space colonization. I can see Army units working as long term security and infrastructure building on planet/moon surfaces, the Navy moving people and supplies to where they need to be, the Air Force sending out reconnasaince craft/establishing communication satellites and the Marines can fight the Klingons, until we reach a truce.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    The Marines is the best service here. They have comparable ship experience as the navy. They have the landing capabilities as the army. And they have the fighter "jet" capabilities and experience.

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    There's no water in space either. :-P
    Actually, there's both.

    Not in the forms we are used to, however.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by hallam View Post
    The Marines is the best service here. They have comparable ship experience as the navy. They have the landing capabilities as the army. And they have the fighter "jet" capabilities and experience.
    I think one would be hard-pressed to not agree that the Marines are the best of the best of the best. I know. I used to instruct them. I speak more from a point of perspective. I mean, it's the NAVY, that is famous for giving the Marines their ride to work.

    Saying that the Navy is best suited for the question posed in the thread takes nothing away from the Marines. As I said, in the most important applications, it's Marines all the way baby. Ooo-rah.

    But regarding the topic at hand, it's Navy all the way. No one compares in the air to a Navy avaitor. All our branches do their job and do it well. No other nation in the history of mankind can compare to the US military. Marine's ARE the cream of the crop of that military. Except, perhaps, in this particular application. Just my opinion.

    P.S. I served on a carrier with too many Marine's to count. The duties, compared to the navy's, were not even close to comparable. The Marine's job was a whole different ball of wax, than the sailors. Nothing comparable at all. But I thank god we had those Marines onboard. They reminded us, and pointed the way everyday, what it means to be an OUTSTANDING military person. They are a very tough act to follow.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by hallam View Post
    The Marines is the best service here. They have comparable ship experience as the navy. They have the landing capabilities as the army. And they have the fighter "jet" capabilities and experience.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    I think one would be hard-pressed to not agree that the Marines are the best of the best of the best. I know. I used to instruct them. I speak more from a point of perspective. I mean, it's the NAVY, that is famous for giving the Marines their ride to work.

    Saying that the Navy is best suited for the question posed in the thread takes nothing away from the Marines. As I said, in the most important applications, it's Marines all the way baby. Ooo-rah.

    But regarding the topic at hand, it's Navy all the way. No one compares in the air to a Navy avaitor. All our branches do their job and do it well. No other nation in the history of mankind can compare to the US military. Marine's ARE the cream of the crop of that military. Except, perhaps, in this particular application. Just my opinion.

    P.S. I served on a carrier with too many Marine's to count. The duties, compared to the navy's, were not even close to comparable. The Marine's job was a whole different ball of wax, than the sailors. Nothing comparable at all. But I thank god we had those Marines onboard. They reminded us, and pointed the way everyday, what it means to be an OUTSTANDING military person. They are a very tough act to follow.
    Marines aren't set up with the logistical capability for prolonged activity. That's what the navy does have.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    A new branch would probably be needed.

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    In most of my favorite Sci-Fi movies/books/whatever, the "space military" has usually consisted of a "space navy" with a (much like our current Navy) "space marine" component attached to each ship, for varied purposes.

    Of course, most of my favorite Sci-Fi medias assumed a space ship/craft with a relatively large size, demanding a correspondingly large personnel contingent, very similar to (and a few cases a modified version of) a current Navy ship/sub.

    This is likely because using the current Navy ship setups as a template was a good starting point for the authors involved.

    That said, we then have the Star Trek idea, where the ship’s crew is a sort of combo of both navy and marine personnel. I suppose the “security” on a Star Trek ship is the equivalent of Marines, in a way, however…

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    I say we send Commander Cody and the Space Cadets.

    But I just got a thought. The marines are actually a Department of the Navy. I would think they would impliment both arms of the body to achieve maximum results.
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