Department of Defense on Friday released the first images of the utility uniforms for the newly announced division of the U.S. military, Space Force — and the online reaction has not been good.
Specifically, the Twitterverse has mocked the use of camouflage in the design — since space is not exactly known for an abundance of trees for soldiers to blend in with.
— United States Space Force (@SpaceForceDoD) January 18, 2020
“Are they fighting on the forest moon of Endor?” sci-fi author Chuck Wendig asked, referencing the wooded “Star Wars” locale that is home to adorable Ewoks and the gravesite of Darth Vader himself.
Endor soon became a trending topic on Twitter as other fans weighed in with puzzlement about the new designs.
“Trump’s Space Force troops wearing camo in space is perhaps the strongest evidence yet that Idiocracy is a documentary,” Vox journalist Aaron Rupar tweeted.
“How many trees do you expect to find in space?” comedian James Felton wondered.
And “Chernobyl” writer-producer Craig Mazin noted, “In space no one can hear you be ridiculous.”
In a follow-up tweet hours later, Space Force explained that the new division of the Air Force “is utilizing current Army/Air Force uniforms, saving costs of designing/producing a new one. Members will look like their joint counterparts they’ll be working with, on the ground.”
But the online mockery continued. Here are some of the other responses.
Space Force camo is simply the latest demonstration that camo is our plaid.
— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) January 18, 2020
How many trees are you expecting to find in space
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) January 18, 2020
EXTREMELY disappointed that these arent the Space Force uniforms pic.twitter.com/hh7GG5pip6
— excuse my effervescence (@clintonyates) January 18, 2020
The idea camo is to hide in an environment. Space is black so how is this uniform suppose to provide camouflage in space? Just when you think space force couldn’t get any stupider. 🙄 https://t.co/SbHkghGzrM
— JasonoftheDead 🧟🎬 (@jasonofthedead) January 18, 2020
Say what you will about the new space force camouflage, but when the Space Force deploys to Endor they’ll be the ones laughing. https://t.co/66TT4b7Esy
— Dr. Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk) January 18, 2020
If the Stormtroopers could wear white body armor on the forest moon of Endor, I guess it makes sense that these guys would wear forest camouflage when working…IN SPAAAAAAAAACE…. https://t.co/V9M79wuk4y
— Charles Gaba 🇺🇦 (@charles_gaba) January 18, 2020