The Starfleet uniform of the alternate reality, along with many other changes in the timeline, experienced a slight change due to the temporal incursion by the renegade Romulan Nero. As a result of these changes, which included the premature death of George Kirk and the destruction of the USS Kelvin, Starfleet by the mid 2250s was using a different uniform in the alternate reality than the original uniforms which had been seen in the prime timeline.
As early as 2255, Starfleet was using the same "red/gold/blue" shirt design which in the prime reality was not introduced until at least 2266. The rank insignia had also changed slightly, consisting of silver bands on the sleeve, but with a thinner secondary band, rather than the previously used "hashmarks", for the ranks of lieutenant commander and captain.
The Starfleet insignia of the alternate reality was the delta/arrowhead design for all personnel, contrasted with unique insignia for each ship or base in the "prime" reality. The arrowhead design was originally the insignia of the USS Enterprise crew only and was not adopted as the insignia for all of Starfleet until around 2270. (Star Trek: The Original Series; Star Trek: The Motion Picture; Star Trek)
Standard duty uniforms Edit
Fleet uniform Edit
Type A Edit
The duty uniform consisted of a black undershirt, and a colored overshirt featuring the officer's division color and the Starfleet insignia. Rank stripes were displayed on the sleeves. Charcoal grey pants and boots were issued with the uniform. Unlike other duty uniforms, this uniform was only used aboard starships, and not at Starfleet Command. (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness)
Type B Edit
By 2263 Starfleet introduced a new style. Much like the Type A uniforms, the standard duty uniform consisted of a collared shirt with a division color, yellow, blue, or red, a pair of black pants and black boots. Unlike the previous design, it lacked the detail of the sown in Starfleet insignias in the fabric. (Star Trek Beyond)
Female officers could wear either a uniform similar to the standard male uniform or alternatively short-skirted uniform not dissimilar from the prime universe equivalent - which itself had two variations, one with no sleeves and one with full sleeves. Without the sleeves however, these dresses did not display the rankings of each officer on them. (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness)
Starbase uniform Edit
Worn beneath the division colored shirt was a black undershirt bearing the Starfleet insignia, also in black. The undershirts also featured the arrowhead design present on the overshirt. (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness)
For use beneath their uniforms, Starfleet personnel had at their disposal specific undergarments. This underwear was a dark blue/green. (Star Trek Into Darkness)
Flag officer uniform Edit
The flag officer uniform was a two-piece outfit with dark gray pants and a white and dark gray flared jacket featuring a high collar. Rank was shown by both epaulets and sleeve stripes, and a gold Starfleet Command pin was worn on the chest.
Dress uniform Edit
For formal gatherings, Starfleet personnel wore gray or brown uniforms with high collars accompanied by a traditional peaked cap with the Starfleet emblem. Rank insignia was displayed by the standard stripes on the cuffs and by black lozenges on the shoulders, the number of shoulder device corresponded to the pip system that was seen used on the uniforms from the 2150s. (Star Trek Into Darkness)
Flag officer dress uniform Edit
Admirals wore uniforms with white collars and white pants. (Star Trek)
Ceremonial dress uniform Edit
Ceremonial officers wore black uniforms with blue sashes. (Star Trek Into Darkness)
Medical attire Edit
Medical personnel could wear a white overcoat instead of their division colored shirt. (Star Trek)
Medical uniform Edit
Consisting of a short sleeved white shirt, apron, white pants, and white boots. (Star Trek)
A short sleeved grey "smock" tunic was also available for use. (Star Trek Into Darkness)
Special use uniforms Edit
Arctic gear Edit
Engineering suit Edit
Flight suits Edit
Introduced in 2259, these gray overalls were worn on shuttles. They had transparent yokes to show the division color, and the insignia was emblazoned on the upper arms. They could not be worn with the uniform skirt. (Star Trek Into Darkness)
Hazmat suit Edit
Orbital skydiving suit Edit
This EV suit was equipped with a parachute for orbital skydiving missions. The suit was available in all three division colors with a Starfleet insignia displayed prominently in the center of the chest piece and featured breathing equipment, including a helmet, for use outside of Class M environments. A communicator was placed in the left glove. (Star Trek)
Thermal protection suit Edit
Thruster suit Edit
Survival gear Edit
For away missions, Starfeet officers had excursion gear. This gear featured a dark blue jacket with the officer's division color on the shoulders, with matching pants. (Star Trek Beyond)
Wetsuits came in two varieties: male crewmembers wore grey wetsuits with division colored piping, while female crewmembers wore designs with reversed colors (the primary color matching their division assignment; grey piping). The suits were also adorned with the same Starfleet insignia pattern as the regular duty uniforms.
These uniforms were equipped with engines placed on the ankles to propel the user through water at high speeds. (Star Trek Into Darkness)
Starfleet Academy uniformsEdit
While training on the Kobayashi Maru simulator at Starfleet Academy, cadets wore a simple blue-gray jumpsuit with the Starfleet insignia stenciled on the left chest, with no rank or class insignia. (Star Trek)
Cadet officer dress uniformEdit
Starfleet Academy cadets wore a red jumpsuit and jacket with a stand collar over a red turtleneck-like sweater; men and women wore pants while some women wore skirts. On both male and female designs, the Starfleet insignia was displayed prominently on the collar of the jacket. On some occasions, cadets wore a red cap with the uniform. (Star Trek)
Standard service uniformEdit
Fully comissioned officers working at Starfleet Headquarters, Starfleet Academy and archive facilities, and other ground installations wore a charcoal black standard uniform similar to cadet dress uniforms; instructors at Starfleet Academy also wore this uniform. Barracks officers and shuttle officers wore a variation of this uniform which included a black cap. (Star Trek; Star Trek Into Darkness)
Flag officer service uniform Edit
Admirals and flag officers wore a cream-and-grey uniform for regular, daily duties. Admiral Christopher Pike wore one such uniform when transferring command of the Enterprise to James T. Kirk. Starfleet Command Admirals such as Richard Barnett wore a silver tunic without any division colors while serving on the Starfleet Academy Board in 2258. Other flag officers wore this uniform with a cap of the same design, featuring the Federation emblem on the front. (Star Trek)
Section 31 Edit
Duty uniform Edit
Flag officer uniform Edit
Assignment patches Edit
The insignia used in the 2250s consisted of silver bands worn on the lower sleeve of the uniforms of line officers, or gold bands for flag officers. Enlisted personnel and officers holding the rank of ensign wore no rank insignia.
Rank on dress uniforms was indicated with epaulettes on their shoulders: ranging from one pin for ensigns, to five for admirals.
|Starfleet uniform styles|
|By era:|| 2140s-Early 2160s • Mid 2160s • 2230s • alternate reality 2250s-2260s •|
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2350s-2370s • Late 2360s-Early 2370s • 2370s
|By type:||Casual duty attire • Terran Empire uniforms • Alternate Starfleet uniforms • Fictional Starfleet uniforms|
|Related topics:||Assignment patch • Starfleet insignia • Starfleet ranks • Starfleet decorations • Terran Empire ranks |
MACO uniform and equipment • Patient wear • Uniforms of the Alpha Quadrant
Background information Edit
The uniforms seen in the films Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness were designed by Michael Kaplan. They are quite different from the pilot uniforms seen in "The Cage" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before". It can be assumed that Nero's time tampering had something to do with the shift, although the real-life explanation is that the uniforms seen in Star Trek were intended to associate the audience with the much more familiar Original Series uniforms seen through the late 1960s, in contrast to the pilot uniforms, which were only seen in two episodes. A similar situation arose in "Friday's Child" where Leonard McCoy is shown in a flashback video wearing an Enterprise tunic whereas, historically, he should have been wearing an earlier pilot episode uniform. The filmmakers expressed surprise in Star Trek - The Art of the Film that the classic uniforms were never used in a film.
Kaplan explained that he selected red for the dress uniforms because of the strong patriotic feel the color gave. (Star Trek - The Art of the Film) In Into Darkness, Kaplan noted "There are a lot of high-powered meetings with Kirk and officers, and I wanted to add a level of sophistication, where – like any military service uniform – there would be different parts. So they now have dress uniforms, and shuttle suits, which they travel in."
Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness, Issue 2 depicts the uniforms of the 2230s had phased out by, at least, 2239 in the alternate reality, and replaced by this style. The only difference was that the command division was a slightly desaturated greenish-gold color. The comic book series also introduces a black excursion jacket to wear over the duty shirt, and a division colored apron.