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Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by Full Metal Bulldog, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Full Metal Bulldog

    Full Metal Bulldog Citadel Class of 2016

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    Ya'll are probably starting to think I have way too much free time this summer :D However, I did stumble upon this and it definitely looked interesting enough to post:

    Functional Area 40: Army Space Operations Officer

    I'm definitely not lying: there's a badge that goes with it: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_and_Missile_Badge


    I'm aware of Air Force space and missile officers, but what does the Army breed do?
     
  2. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    I've only met two so far. I was completing some acquisition training at Redstone Arsenal.

    http://www.smdc.army.mil/FactSheets/ASPDO.pdf
     
  3. Full Metal Bulldog

    Full Metal Bulldog Citadel Class of 2016

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    Are they full-time Space Operations Officers, or is it a qualification that you earn, then return to your previous duties, similar to the Parachutist badge?
     
  4. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    FA40's are full-time. You initially branch something else. After a few years you can apply for FAs. MILPER messages usually advertise for certain year groups.
     
  5. scoutpilot

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    You have to complete five static-line jumps from orbit to earn the badge.
     
  6. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    There is a Space Ranger here at USMA, one of very few officers with both a Ranger Tab and Space wings :thumb:
     
  7. JMS

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    Well, I stand corrected... I was certain at they would be called 'space cadets.' ;-)
    On a serious note, they appear to be the folks that operate/coordinate satellite signals and imagery for the benefit of the Army. I'm sure there is more to it, but one must know the secret handshake.
     
  8. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Seems like if you want to be "space" anything, you should go to space! :biggrin:

    I went to an observatory in MD.... shouldn't I get a space medal too!
     
  9. JMS

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    First you need to 'take up space' in the military....
     
  10. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Nah, you gotta get the cadet space wings for that.


    ...yes, they exist:
    http://usafaspace.tripod.com/other/newbadges.html


    I was a space cadet. :redface:
     
  11. scoutpilot

    scoutpilot Member

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    That brings us to the Air Force and "Airman"
     
  12. sprog

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    I had a space badge in the Air Force since space/missile ops was a single career field (I understand that this has changed or is changing). As a missile guy, though, my main identifier was the "pocket rocket" (pure space dudes did not get to wear it). We actually had "rockets," but if we shot them off it would be a bad day for humanity.
     

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