Transferring to Space Force

Regular Air Force: Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet

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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 FY24 Interservice Transfer program has closed. Selection notification is expected in January 2024 via


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. 

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 four years from date of transfer.

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Application and Transfer Process

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


Submit application using the MyVector. Please submit the FY24 IST Application as follows:

  • Scan to combine: (1) Service Career Brief, (2), IST Commander Endorsement and (3) last five performance reports into a single PDF file. Name the single PDF file with the following naming convention.
  • Submit your application for FY24 IST application window between 0800 EST on 26 June 2023 through 1700 EST on 11 July 2023.

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

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

The applicant will receive an automated message from MyVector upon submission and applications that do not meet the Space Force eligibility criteria for an interservice transfer will not be considered..

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:

Air Force: AFI 36-3207, Military Separations, SAF/MR Memorandum, “Continued Policies to Expedite United States Space Force Personnel Transfer Actions” dated 19 August 2021


If you have any questions regarding application requirements, please contact the ETMO at  

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

Additional Information

United States Space Force

Air Force’s Personnel Center

Careers in Space Force

U.S. Space Force FY24 Interservice Transfer Program Process

Transferring to the U.S. Space Force Frequently Asked Questions

Document Review Date: 16 August 2023