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Starfleet uniforms in 2371

Starfleet uniforms in 2371

For the mirror universe counterpart, please see Starfleet uniform (mirror).

Starfleet uniforms were uniforms worn by individuals serving in the Federation Starfleet, originally a United Earth outfit. These uniforms facilitated the wearers' needs as both scientists and researchers, as well as Starfleet's military role. Wearers were expected to abide by Starfleet dress code though special exceptions were sometimes made for certain aspects of an individual's cultural heritage, such as Worf's Klingon baldric and Nog's Ferengi headdress as well as Ro Laren's (and briefly Kira Nerys') earring.

Divisions Edit

Starfleet uniforms were generally broken down by color among the three divisions, and occasionally by department, while displaying rank insignia conspicuously. While the colors varied over time, uniforms were designed for comfort even in the most extreme environments. (DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations", "Let He Who Is Without Sin...")

Command Edit

The command division was the head of Starfleet with most of the ranking officers in Starfleet Command wearing these colors. The command division, generally, was responsible for the administration of starships, starbases and space stations.

Starfleet uniform command division colors:
2140s-Early 2160s Mid 2160s 2230s AR 2250s-2260s
Command Command Command Command
2250s-2260s Mid 2260s-Early 2270s Mid 2270s Late 2270s-2350s
Command Command Command Command
Command dress Helm and Navigation Navigation
2350s-2370s Late 2360s-Early 2370s 2370s-
Command Command Command

Operations Edit

The operations division was the backbone of Starfleet, being composed of the engineering, security, and support services. This division was responsible for technological innovation and for maintaining and defending the Federation.

Starfleet uniform operations division colors:
2140s-Early 2160s Mid 2160s 2230s AR 2250s-2260s
Operations Operations Operations Operations
2250s-2260s Mid 2260s-
Early 2270s
Mid 2270s Late 2270s-2350s
Operations Operations Engineering and Maintenance Engineering
Comms Comms
Security Security and
Federation forces
2350s-2370s Late 2360s-Early 2370s 2370s-
Operations Operations Operations

Sciences Edit

The sciences division was the heart of Starfleet, composed of the exploratory, medical, and mental health departments.

Starfleet uniform sciences division colors:
2140s-Early 2160s Mid 2160s 2230s AR 2250s-2260s
Sciences Sciences Sciences Sciences
2250s-2260s Mid 2260s-Early 2270s Mid 2270s Late 2270s-2350s
Sciences Sciences Sciences
R&D and Technical
R&D and Technical
Medical Medical
2350s-2370s Late 2360s-Early 2370s 2370s-
Sciences Sciences Sciences

Uniform styles Edit

Uniform variations Edit

Deanna Troi, casual attire

Troi in her casual attire

Some officers wore alternate uniforms. Deanna Troi often wore casual clothing while on duty, and T'Pol retained her original Vulcan uniform with a few concessions to her Starfleet rank and ship assignment. Other officers, such as Worf, Montgomery Scott and Ro Laren, were allowed to wear accessories relating to their culture with their uniforms, but this was at the discretion of the captain. Uniforms were also altered to accommodate non-humanoid officers, such as the three-armed, three-legged uniform of the Edosian Arex. (ENT: "Borderland"; TAS: "Mudd's Passion"; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; TNG: "Ensign Ro")

Uniforms were also adapted to environmental or atmospheric conditions. When exploring the planet Tyree, Benjamin Sisko and colleagues wore long flowing gown uniforms to deal with the sand. They featured a colored stripe to represent department. (DS9: "Shadows and Symbols")

Dress uniforms Edit

Worf dress sash

Worf wearing his dress uniform with a Klingon ceremonial sash

Dress uniforms were a variant of the standard Starfleet uniforms worn for special occasions, such as weddings, courts martial, funerals, and the greeting of ambassadorial delegations and heads of state. (TOS: "Court Martial", "Journey to Babel"; TNG: "Lonely Among Us", "Manhunt", "Data's Day"; DS9: "Move Along Home", "Rules of Engagement"; VOY: "Course: Oblivion", "One Small Step", "Ashes to Ashes"; Star Trek: Insurrection)

A pair of dress uniform boots was sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay and was worn by Patrick Stewart. The pair shows that the legs are completely covered and the boots are kept on by a harness. [1]

Appendices Edit

References Edit

Dress uniform references:

Background information Edit

Design Edit

The Starfleet uniforms worn during Star Trek: The Original Series were designed by William Ware Theiss, who returned to design the Star Trek: The Next Generation uniforms (which were further adapted into future versions on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and the TNG-era films by Robert Blackman). Robert Fletcher designed the uniforms seen throughout the movies, with later new designs provided by Nilo Rodis.

Robert Blackman also designed uniforms worn on Star Trek: Enterprise, a design representing a precursor to those seen in TOS.

As shown in the It's A Wrap! sale and auction, a number of Starfleet uniforms have had muscular padding to increase muscular appearance. Such cases include two costumes for Tom Paris, one racquetball costume for Julian Bashir and a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine costume for Worf (to create a more Klingon appearance). According to Wil Wheaton, all the main cast members wore muscle padding during the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, mainly because of the tight-fitting nature of the spandex uniforms used in these two seasons.[2]

Several prototype uniform undershirts to those seen from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [3]

Ambiguous uniform Edit

Human Elysian Councilor

Female on the Elysian Council

A Human female seen as a member of the Elysian Council in "The Time Trap" wore a uniform of ambiguous origin. It was described in the Star Trek Concordance as "a white suit with blue collar and an insignia on the left breast," and was suggested to "possibly an early Star Fleet [sic] uniform". While it is known that the Bonaventure, and possibly other Earth/Federation ships, were lost in the years prior to 2269, it is unclear if this is indeed a Starfleet uniform, and if so, from which era it may have originated.

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