Greetings, Programs! Look, whatever you think about the new “Space Force” branch of the military, it’s obvious that, sooner or later, we’re going to have space marines. Aliens made space marines a staple of cinema and Halo made them a permanent fixture in our collective consciousness.
Mark my words, there will be space marines whether we need them or not because the first country to do it will have bragging rights forever.
And once you have space marines, you naturally have to have Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, aka ODST. Why? Because they’re hella cool, that’s why!
Which leads us to today’s bit of hilarity from the U.S. Space Command twitter account.
After being asked the very reasonable question, “what is the timeline for orbital drop shock troopers?”, Space Command knew just how to handle it:
— Halo (@Halo) January 10, 2020
Someone at Space Command is a Halo fan. Nice…
Space Force or Space Command?
If you’re a little fuzzy on what the difference between Space Command and Space Force is, don’t worry, you’re not crazy. It’s not exactly clear at first glance.
The simplest way to look at it is that Space Force will be a fully separate branch of the military like the Navy or the Air Force, while Space Command is an umbrella organization that coordinates the space capabilities of the different branches so they work as a cohesive unit.
Presumably, if and when Space Force happens, that’s where we’ll have our Halo ODST and Spartans coming from. It might be worth it just for that alone.
But before we get to the real thing, we have a very long 12-month slog to wait for our next Halo fix. Halo Infinite is due out this December along with the new Xbox Series X.
Even if Halo is no longer the top of the FPS pile, there’s no denying the impact it’s had on gaming and our culture. Trust me, someday in the not-too-distant future, when the first space marines are dropped from orbit, they’re going to be fighting over who gets the callsign “Spartan 117”.