More than 8,500 active-duty airmen volunteered to transfer into the U.S. Space Force in May — the first month applications to the military's newest branch were accepted.
The Space Force applicants come from 13 eligible officer and enlisted career fields in the Air Force. Of the 6,000 chosen to transfer, those in space-focused career fields will start in September, while more general career fields will transfer in February.
Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond is elated with the overall response.
"I am incredibly proud of the men and women who made the bold decision to volunteer to join the U.S. Space Force and defend the ultimate high ground," Raymond said in a statement. "It is a critical time for space, and those airmen will build the Space Force necessary to compete, deter, and win as required to meet the needs of the National Defense Strategy."
All applicants will be contacted sometime in July regarding next steps in the process.