Transferring to Space Force

Regular Army: Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet

Summary

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) is the newest branch of the Armed Forces, established on December 20, 2019 with enactment of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The USSF is a military service that organizes, trains, and equips Service members in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force. USSF responsibilities include developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands.  

Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) was redesignated as the USSF as an initial step in establishing the USSF. Military members that were assigned to AFSPC have now been assigned to the USSF. The Department of Defense (DoD) vision is to consolidate space missions from across the Armed Forces into the USSF, as appropriate and consistent with law. 

The Interservice Transfer program allows qualified individuals from other Uniformed Services to apply for transfer to active duty in the United States Space Force.

The FY23 Interservice Transfer program has closed. 

Eligibility

Regular component Active Duty Officers and Enlisted personnel (Colonels and below) serving in the United States Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps may be eligible.

The Space Force does not have a warrant officer rank structure. Warrant officers may contact a Space Force Recruiter through www.spaceforce.com for OTS information and application procedures.

Benefit Highlights

The Interservice Transfer program (IST) allows qualified individuals from other Uniformed Services to apply for transfer to active duty in the United States Space Force to fill select career fields. All eligible personnel may apply for a transfer. However, some sister service career fields are more desirable for transfer as their training and experience directly correlate with Space Force mission and skill sets. The Specialty Code Crosswalk provides a list of Space Force career field specialty codes and comparable sister service specialty codes.

Interservice transfer requires individuals be discharged from their current enlistment or commission and be enlisted or appointed in the Space Force. Selected applicants are transferred to the Space Force in the grade they currently hold and accrued leave can be carried over as well.

Those selected for IST incur an Active Duty Service Commitment of 4 years.

Space Force logo Application and Transfer Process

To apply for IST, follow the application process below. A complete application requires:

  • Last five signed performance reports

    • Monthly counseling and military training/ academic reports can be submitted

Submission

Submit application using the Salesforce Platform. Please submit the FY23 IST Application as follows:

  • Scan to combine: Transfer request letter, IST Commander Endorsement, Service Career Brief and last five performance reports into a single PDF file. Name the single PDF file with the following naming convention.

    • LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_IST_OFFICER (or ENLISTED)_CURRENT SERVICE

  • The IST Candidate Data Form must be submitted as a fillable PDF using the following naming convention.

    • LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_IST CANDIDATE FORM_OFFICER (or ENLISTED)_CURRENT SERVICE

  • Submit your application for FY24 IST application window between 0800 EST on 15 June 2023 through 1700 EST on 30 June 2023.

Only the required items will be reviewed and considered by the Board.

Note: Salesforce is an Air and Space Force Civilian Platform. Please disregard any reference to civilian service.

The Space Force IST Program Manager will contact the applicant upon receipt of the application and will return applications without action that do not meet the Space Force eligibility criteria for interservice transfer.

Post Board Actions

Applicants selected for IST will be provided transfer instructions and expectations.

Applications must request and be released for IST according to the procedures, rules, and regulation of their parent service. Parent Service authority:

Army: Officer IST Guidance: AR 614-120 , Inter-Service Transfer of Army Commissioned Officers on the Active Duty List. Enlisted IST Guidance: ASA M&RA Policy Memorandum “Regular Army Enlisted Inter-Service Transfer to the U.S. Space Force-Initiative” dated 12 November 2020

Questions

Email any questions to the USSF TMO at: AF.USSF-Interservice.Transfers@us.af.mil

Include the following in the subject line: “FY24 IST QUESTION, RANK, LAST NAME”.

Additional Information
Document Review Date: 25 July 2022