The negotiated NDAA does not create a separate Space Force Guard component, as some hoped it would. Instead, lawmakers are giving the Space Force a chance to explain its alternative idea to lean on part-time Guardians, as reported.

The NDAA legislative text gives the Space Force until March 1 to produce a report showing how the part-time model would foster “career flexibility for reserve members of the Space Component … to move back and forth between active and reserve status for prolonged periods of time across a career.”

Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek told that “if approved, this proposal will establish a new approach to managing reserve component forces by merging active-duty Guardians and Air Force Reserve space professionals.”

Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Kanar