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Thread: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Probably yes... but the question is whether it would be based more on the Navy, in terms of structure, organization and rank, or the Air force. Unless you think it will be entirely unique in that regard? Perhaps... but why reinvent the wheel when you have a working model, like the nuke-sub analogy.

    At the moment, our spacecraft are small, with small crews. As long as that remains the case, the Air force model will do. If/when we get to the point of having crews numbering more than 10 or 20, I think the naval model would likely work better. It will depend on several things that are hard to predict.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    I would say the Navy.

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    It makes no difference. Air Force command structure evolved from it's Army Air Corps roots, Navy command structure evolved with the Navy. Both Army and Navy have experience managing large numbers of skilled trades to achieve military objectives. Admiral? General? Doesn't matter, they'll both stab the enlisted guy in the back if needed. An turd doesn't smell any better when it's called petunia.

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    It would without question begin as an air force branch. Right now you have the Air Force Space Command that controls all military space vehicles. The first military vehicles in space will be like the X-planes being tested now and that means they will without question be part of the air force.

    Think like how the air force began. At first it was under the army because it was most commonly used in support for the army. Personally, I think most countries after the U.S. will just make a separate branch if the U.S. doesn't branch it off from the Air Force.

    When it comes to rank there will obviously be a mixture no matter what as any space force will likely include smaller fighters and ground forces.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Let's say space travel becomes common place, enough so that we're able to militarize it. What branch, including ranks, should it be based on - the Navy, the Air Force, or something else?

    Most speculative fiction about space militaries have such a force be based on the navy. However, space seems to be the natural territory of the air force. So which should it be?

    I agree with most people on this that it should be based on the navy seeing how Navy has more experience traveling long distances with lot of personal in a big ship which exactly a military space force would be doing.
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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
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    But there is wind
    Future space navy personnel may truly be sailors again.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    In a keeping with my Constitutional Military premise I would have to pick The Department of the Navy (which oversees the Marine Corps and the Navy). This is the only professional peacetime force the US Constitution allows. The Navy already has Air, Ground, and Sea covered and Space would be added if needed.
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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.
    While I see your point about the navy, if we really think about what a space force would need to do (land, take, and hold planets or space stations, patrol vast areas, strike quickly on enemy targets both in space and in atmospheres), the navy couldn't do all this without structural changes though they could do most. So maybe a combination is best similar to Starship Troopers (without Van Dein). Space would be the rise of the battleship again considering it would be easier to attack with just missle and artillery. And I do love my battleships.

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