The Space Force met its goal last year of recruiting nearly 400 guardians. Next year the target has been raised to 500.
WASHINGTON — The demographic trends indicating a decreasing population of eligible and willing soldiers, is putting pressure on military recruiters.
The U.S. Space Force, a new military service is still developing a recruitment strategy to attract the brightest and best. According to Maj. Gen. Ed Thomas (commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service), the results have been promising.
In an interview with SpaceNews, Thomas described the Space Force as a “small and elite force” that requires a nontraditional approach to recruiting.
The Air Force Recruiting Service, Joint Base San Antonio Randolph, Texas, supports both Air Force and Space Force. It hit its goal last year of recruiting nearly 400 guardians, as members of the Space Force are known. This coming year the target has been raised to 500.
” “There is a lot to love about the Space Force,” Thomas said.
One of the key features is its small size in comparison to other military branches. The Space Force is projected to have 16,000 uniformed and civilian guardians, compared to nearly 680,000 who serve in the U.S. Air Force.
The Space Force relies heavily on the Air Force to provide most of its overhead and administrative support. This means that it recruits only specialized personnel for jobs in satellite operations and intelligence.
The Department of the Air Force has about 1,200 recruiters assigned to 24 squadrons. One recruiter is assigned to each squadron for the Space Force.
Despite the challenges faced by recruiters, the Space Force has more enthusiasm about space than any other country since the Apollo era. Thomas stated. Thomas stated that
Space Force recruiters tout the traditional military benefits, but they also sell a bigger vision. Recent advertisements highlight the importance of space technology and its role in daily human life.
The latest recruitment ad , titled “Protect”, features Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations. One of his lines: “We are here to defend the freedom to operate in space, to be the guardians of our way of life.”
Thomas said marketing research shows that message resonates with some members of Generation Z, the Space Force’s target demographic in their early to mid-20s.
“We’ve done a lot of focus groups looking at how we connect with and inspire Generation Z,” he said. “The idea that the Space Force is protecting space for all is very appealing to them.”
New way to evaluate candidates
Under the model used by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, candidates who volunteer to enlist are evaluated by regional recruiting offices, and each region of the country has to meet specific quotas for different job categories.
Because the Space Force is smaller, the selection and recruiting process are centralized and managed at the federal level.
All applicants must pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery entrance exam (ASVAB). Candidates for the Space Force must also pass a personality test called “Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System”. They are required to complete essay questions about why they are interested joining the Space Force.
A team of representatives from Space Force headquarters, Air Force Recruiting Service (known as the “Board of Guardians”) evaluates applicants and selects those who will go to basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio–Lackland. After basic military training guardians are sent to Vandenberg Space Force Base in California for technical training in Space Systems Operations.
Patricia Mulcahy, chief human capital officer of the Space Force, said the board “looks beyond applicants’ entrance exams to determine if they are not only qualified, but that they’ll also be a good fit for the culture and team-centric environment we are building.”
The Space Force in fiscal year 2021 signed up 395 enlisted guardians and nine officers.
Thomas noted that Space Force recruits — with an average age of 22 and a half years and some college education — are slightly older and more educated than Air Force recruits.
Of the 395 enlistees, 100% are U.S. citizens and 36% have almost a semester of college, including 11% with bachelor’s degrees. All had high scores on ASVAB. Thomas stated that the Space Force was a highly educated, experienced, and highly qualified group. Thomas stated that the Space Force is attracting more women. Only 20% of Space Force recruits last year were women, compared to 25% for the Air Force. Gender and racial diversity is “one of the areas that we’re working very hard,” said Thomas.
Raymond has also proposed changes to the policy, arguing that the Space Force should be able to choose its recruits more easily.The post Front Page: Space Force Recruiters Pitch Military Service To Warriors And Dreamers appeared first on dWeb.News dWeb.News from Daniel Webster Publisher dWeb.News – dWeb Local Tech News and Business News
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