California Bill Giving US Space Force Recruiters Access to High School Campuses Passes Legislature

California Bill Giving US Space Force Recruiters Access to High School Campuses Passes Legislature

A classified satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office is launched into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California's Santa Barbara County on Sept. 24, 2022. (United Launch Alliance via AP)

Rudy Blalock

Rudy Blalock

9/2/2023

Updated: 12/30/2023

Now awaiting the Governor’s signature after making its way through the Legislature is a bill that will recognize the United States Space Force as a military service, enabling recruiters to work on California high school campuses, and offering the same educational opportunities to children of Space Force members as those enjoyed by members of other branches of the military.
The Space Force was created in 2019 to pursue “superiority in the space domain” for national security and to recognize “the growing threat posed by strategic competitors in space,” according to the Force’s website.
Under Assembly Bill 1605, authored by Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), military families and their children would benefit from what’s known as the military interstate compact, which aids such children in completing school while enduring constant school changes if their parent’s military service requires they relocate often. Some children have had to move as many as six to nine times before graduation, according to an analysis of the bill. 
“AB 1605 is a common-sense bill that updates the California Education Code to include the U.S. Space Force,” Mr. Gallagher stated in the analysis. “This is a small but important step toward supporting our military and their families.” 
With the Force’s recent establishment, such military benefits haven’t been established. 
President Donald Trump holds up an executive order for the creation of a Space Force, during a meeting of the National Space Council at the East Room of the White House June 18, 2018 in Washington. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump holds up an executive order for the creation of a Space Force, during a meeting of the National Space Council at the East Room of the White House June 18, 2018 in Washington. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The bill, if signed into law, would aid children in timely enrollment, as well as assist with the transfer of school records, school placements, on-time graduation, and placement in school programs, athletics, and extracurricular activities, according to the analysis.  
The bill passed the Senate floor 38–0 in August and the Assembly floor 78–1 in May.
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Rudy Blalock

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Rudy Blalock is a Southern California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. Originally from Michigan, he moved to California in 2017, and the sunshine and ocean have kept him here since. In his free time, he may be found underwater scuba diving, on top of a mountain hiking or snowboarding—or at home meditating, which helps fuel his active lifestyle.

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