A Navy recruiter will get her first space uniform in November, but the next recruit to receive it will likely be one who has never seen one before.
According to the Navy Times, Lt.
Col. Melissa McElroy, a recruiter with the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, is expected to give out a pair of “space” uniforms during the next three months.
Those uniforms will be available for those who don’t currently wear space pants or boots.
McElroy said she hopes to give the new recruits a taste of the uniform in early November.
“We want to start the new recruit on the path to being an officer in the Marines,” McElroys comments, according to the Times.
“I want to give them a great experience and get them in the door so they can be a part of something that’s bigger than themselves.”
McElroyr added that her goal is to get new recruits to wear the uniform because the Navy wants them to be able to do more than just get off the ship.
“What I would like to see is if they can go back to the ship, go home, go back in the ship and just be a little bit of an active part of the ship,” she said.
“If they can have the chance to do some of the things they normally do and take on some of those roles that they normally would do, I think it’s going to be a big part of their career.”
McEllry said she also wants to show those who are transitioning to the marine corps that the Navy is there for them.
“It’s really important to us that they feel like they’re valued and recognized and respected and appreciated for the work they do,” McEllry told the Times, according the paper.