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Starfleet uniforms, 2140s-early 2160s

Starfleet uniforms in 2151

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

The uniforms worn by Starfleet personnel in the 2140s-early 2160s became the template for certain future incarnations of Starfleet uniform. This uniform design was in use for around two decades with little variation. (ENT: "First Flight", "These Are the Voyages...")

Following the formation of the United Federation of Planets, a new Starfleet uniform was introduced. (Star Trek Beyond)

Standard duty uniform[]



Archer's command uniform, 2152

A command division uniform, 2152

Malcolm Reed, 2151

An operations division uniform, 2151

Starfleet sciences uniform, 2140s-early 2160s

Sciences division uniforms, 2151

Adopted as early as 2143, Starfleet personnel in service aboard starships, outposts, and at Starfleet Command on Earth wore blue jumpsuits displaying their specific division of service. Shown in the form of colored piping at the shoulders, Starfleet divisions were displayed in the following code:

The Starfleet uniform itself also bore several distinctive features not present in uniforms of the later centuries, most prominent being several zippers and pockets, and an assignment patch (based on the wearer's home assignment) worn on the left sleeve. The uniforms were made out of a flame retardant material. (ENT: "Cease Fire")

Fitted close to the body, the uniform jumpsuit closed at the front in addition to zipping at the cuffs and pant legs. The uniform was also marked by several pockets, lining the legs, arms and chest, with the pocket on the right bicep typically used to hold the wearer's communicator. The rank insignia, presented as rectangular silver pips, was displayed on the right chest, set within the division color piping. (ENT: "Broken Bow", "First Flight")

Designed by veteran TNG/DS9/VOY costume designer Robert Blackman, the 22nd century Starfleet duty uniform first appeared in "Broken Bow", and was used for the entirety of Star Trek: Enterprise. Intended to be a precursor to the uniforms seen on Star Trek: The Original Series, the uniforms strongly resembled the flight suits worn by US and NATO military aviation and missile personnel of the present.

Debuting during the second season of Enterprise, "new" uniforms were introduced, dyed a slightly lighter blue. Initially worn only by the regular cast members, the uniforms were eventually used by the entire crew (though some background performers could still be seen wearing the older, darker version through the run of the series). Interestingly, despite being set nearly ten years earlier, the light-blue versions were worn in the episode "First Flight".


Hoshi Sato, 2161

Sciences division, 2161

By the year 2161, several modifications were made to the Starfleet duty uniform. New additions to the uniform included epaulets on the shoulders as well as an additional mission patch displaying the Starfleet logo worn on the right sleeve, and a name tag worn inside the piping above the left breast. (ENT: "These Are the Voyages...")

According to interviews, designer Robert Blackman had hoped producers would allow him to add name tags to the duty uniforms during the early design stages of Enterprise. While this desire went unfulfilled, he seemed to get his wish... at least for one episode.

Shirt and pants[]

The uniform jumpsuit was worn over a black, button-up mock turtleneck, blue pants with pockets, and heavy black, leather-like boots. (ENT: "Acquisition", "A Night in Sickbay")


Sato and Reed in underwear, 2151

Ensign Hoshi Sato and Lieutenant Malcolm Reed in their underwear, 2151

For use beneath their uniforms, Starfleet personnel had at their disposal specific under garments for wear as early as 2151. This underwear was bright blue, trimmed in black. Both men and women wore boxer-brief-style shorts and tank tops. The female version of the tank top ended below the breast, leaving the midriff bare, while the male version went all the way to the waist. The underwear is reputed to be flame-retardant. (ENT: "Broken Bow", "Sleeping Dogs", "Acquisition", "Cease Fire")

The Starfleet uniform underwear came from the commercially available DKNY Flex line (with the label removed.) Several unused packs were sold as part of It's A Wrap! sale and auction. [1] [2]

Head gear[]

Archer's NX-01 hat

Jonathan Archer wearing his NX-01 hat

Available for use with the excursion uniform and standard duty uniform was a black hat, embroidered with the specific registry number of the wearer's home assignment. Made of stretchable material, these hats were essentially one-size-fits-all "baseball caps." While these caps were generally worn during away missions, some officers wore theirs aboard ship. (ENT: "Broken Bow", "Shuttlepod One", "Desert Crossing", "Hatchery", "The Forge")

One of the more contemporary aspects of Enterprise, the NX-01 ball cap was first seen worn by Jonathan Archer in "Broken Bow" and was last seen on him in "The Forge". Though the hats were common in early episodes, they were rarely seen by season three and only appeared once in season four.

Flag officer uniform[]

Forrest's commodore uniform, 2143

Commodore Maxwell Forrest in uniform, 2143

Similar to the duty uniform, a separate uniform was in service for Starfleet's higher-ranking flag officers, including commodores and admirals. Bearing the same style division piping, though restricted to red and white in color, the flag officer's uniform was a navy-blue, two-piece style uniform, far more formal than the standard duty jumpsuit. It was worn over a white, button-up dress shirt and navy-blue necktie. Displaying the wearer's rank insignia on both shoulders, the uniform also featured wide red and white piping on the cuffs. (ENT: "Broken Bow", "Regeneration", "First Flight")

While it is possible other officers wore this uniform, only flag officers such as Commodore, then Admiral Maxwell Forrest were seen wearing it. Resembling the current "Class A" service uniforms worn by the US Air Force, this uniform was not altered for its appearance in 2161 in "These Are the Voyages...". Nevertheless producer Manny Coto can be seen as an extra in that episode wearing a version of this uniform that sports an Enterprise mission patch.

Dress uniform[]

Jonathan Archer, 2161

Captain Jonathan Archer in a dress uniform, 2161

For diplomatic or other formal functions, a dress uniform was also available to Starfleet personnel as early as 2161. Also bearing the same style division color piping around the shoulders, the dress uniform was a brighter blue than the standard duty uniform and a more formal, two-piece jacket and trouser set. Similar to the flag officer's uniform, the dress uniform also had stripes around the cuffs indicating rank which was also displayed on both shoulders. Worn over a white tunic with a mandarin collar, the dress uniform was marked by two mission patches – one bearing the Starfleet logo on the right sleeve, and one bearing the individual assignment patch on the left. (ENT: "These Are the Voyages...")

The Starfleet dress uniform made only one appearance, in the final episode of Enterprise, worn by Captain Jonathan Archer. Oddly, the sleeve stripes appear to be nearly identical to the type worn by commodores in the 2140s (see Flag Officer's uniform above), though his shoulder pins clearly identify him as a captain still. However, it is possible that the previous design used for commodores is now used for captains, with commodores adopting the thicker look used by other flag officers.

Excursion uniform[]

For use in desert or other more inhospitable terrains, specialized uniforms were available to Starfleet personnel serving aboard starships. Consisting of a tan long-sleeve shirt, trimmed in black piping and zipping at the collar, the uniform was worn over khaki pants similar to the trousers of the standard duty uniform. Also worn with a black belt, the uniform displayed the ship's assignment patch on the left shoulder and the wearer's rank insignia on the right collar. Optional sunglasses were also available. (ENT: "Desert Crossing", "Kir'Shara")

First seen used in the harsh desert conditions of "Desert Crossing", the uniform was also used by Malcolm Reed, Travis Mayweather and Trip Tucker during a rock climbing expedition in "The Breach", suggesting that it may simply be a all-purpose "excursion" least one that provides more comfort and flexibility than the confining jumpsuit duty uniform.

Excursion jackets[]

Excursion jackets were issued in a variety of colors and materials, maintaining the familiar division color stripes and uniform patches of the duty uniforms. Some, but not all, of the jackets featured rank insignia. (ENT: "Broken Bow", "These Are the Voyages...")

A Starfleet "away jacket" was scripted to appear in a particular scene in "Cease Fire". [3] However, no such jacket appears in the final version of that scene.

Type A[]

Starfleet excursion jacket, Type A

Ensign Travis Mayweather wearing a command division officer's excursion jacket, 2151

Available as early as 2151, a heavy, quilted uniform jacket, blue-gray in color was used in colder climates. Worn over the standard duty uniform, this heavy jacket featured a traditional collar, and zipped at the front, bearing several pockets. (ENT: "Broken Bow", "Oasis") This type of jacket was still in use as late as November 2154, worn by Starfleet officers stationed on Earth. (ENT: "Affliction")

According to co-creator Brannon Braga's audio commentary for "Broken Bow", this version of the excursion jacket was replaced early during Enterprise season one at the request of Paramount Pictures execs, who for some reason did not approve of the quilted look. The jacket appeared briefly in the fourth season episode "Affliction", worn by Commander Collins of Starfleet Security.

Type B[]

Starfleet excursion jacket, Type B

A command division officer's excursion jacket, 2153

A second jacket option was also available aboard Starfleet vessels and shuttlepods in the 2150s. Gray in color, the jacket was essentially a thinner version of the previous design, retaining the same division color and pocket configuration, but abandoning the quilted look.

By the year 2161, the jacket was modified slightly. Coinciding with the alterations made to the standard duty uniform, the excursion jacket gained a second mission patch (on the right sleeve) and a nametag (worn on the left breast). (ENT: "Shadows of P'Jem", "These Are the Voyages...")

Created to replace the previous jacket design, this new version first appeared in "Shadows of P'Jem" and lasted through the entire run of the series. At least two of these jackets appeared to be stowed aboard Shuttlepod 1 in the appropriately-titled episode, "Shuttlepod One".

Type C[]

Starfleet excursion jacket, Type C

Captain Jonathan Archer wearing the excursion long coat, 2154

In use aboard starships such as the NX-class Enterprise as early as 2154, a third jacket option was available for excursions into hot, dusty or desert terrain. Worn over the khaki excursion uniform, this long jacket was tan and featured black piping around the shoulders where the division color piping would be located on a standard duty uniform or excursion jacket. This jacket also had rank insignia on the collar. This jacket also had pockets, one on each side of the chest. Unlike the other two jacket designs, this version did not display a mission patch. (ENT: "The Forge")

Arctic gear[]

Starfleet cold weather gear consisted of several layers of clothing. A gray shirt with a prominent white stripe running down the sleeves. Over this a set of dark-green and brown overalls was worn, along with a thick, hooded jacket, gloves, and boots in the same colors. This uniform was in use as early as 2152 and available to officers serving aboard starships and at Starfleet Command on Earth. An assignment patch could be affixed to the left shoulder of the jacket. (ENT: "The Seventh", "Regeneration", "The Aenar", "Terra Prime")

This arctic gear was designed by Robert Blackman. (ENT Season 2 Blu-ray, "Regeneration" audio commentary)

The script notes from "The Seventh" described the "cold-weather gear"/"clothing" as a combination of "boots, hooded parka, gloves, etc."

The cold-weather gear in "Terra Prime" was scripted to include jackets with hoods. However, the arctic gear that appears in that episode evidently omitted both of those details and was designed especially for the installment.

EV suit[]

Medical attire[]

In medical situations requiring sterile conditions, Starfleet issued at least two sets of attire.

In 2151, a white shirt and pants set were used on Earth. This set had matching white boots and gloves. (ENT: "Broken Bow")

In 2152, a silver, rubber-like set of scrubs were available aboard starships. These scrubs included similar silver gloves and white pants. (ENT: "Broken Bow", "A Night in Sickbay", "Dead Stop")

The silver scrubs may simply been worn over the white clothing, as evidenced by the whites pants worn with both versions.

Both sets of clothing were used in situations where they would presumably be Starfleet issue, but nothing was ever said definitively either way.

While it was stated in "A Matter Of Time" that surgical masks and sterile gloves were still in use during Berlinghoff Rasmussen's trip to the 22nd century, neither Dr. Phlox nor any other medical officer was ever shown wearing a mask during the run of Enterprise.

Active wear[]

Starfleet training uniform, 2140s-early 2160s

Commander Jonathan Archer in Starfleet active wear, 2143

For use in more casual circumstances or during physical exercise and training, active wear was available to Starfleet officers serving at Starfleet Command on Earth as early as 2143. Among the options was a light-gray long sleeve shirt with dark-gray trim at the sides and beneath the arms. The shirt was marked by a name tag adorning the right breast and a Starfleet mission patch worn on the left sleeve. This tunic was sometimes worn over standard duty uniform trousers. (ENT: "First Flight")

This active wear wasn't included in the final draft script of "First Flight". There, Commander Jonathan Archer was instead described as wearing a commander's Starfleet uniform.

Provisional uniform[]

Starfleet gray uniform, 2140s-early 2160s

Sim wearing a provisional uniform, 2153

Similar in design to the standard duty uniform, a gray jumpsuit was available to personnel serving aboard, or visiting, United Earth vessels in the 2150s. Featuring none of the familiar mission patches, rank insignia, or division color piping, this plain jumpsuit bore a high collar that zipped all the way at the front. It also featured several pockets on the chest, arms, and legs of the jumpsuit and was worn with the same black boots that were worn with the standard duty uniform. (ENT: "Similitude", "Cold Station 12")

Clearly created from the same basic materials as the standard jumpsuit, this uniform was most likely comparable to the "utility uniforms" seen through the runs of Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was seen, though, in only two episodes, worn by "visitors" Sim and Udar.

According to the It's A Wrap! sale and auction, the front pockets of this uniform are faux. [4] [5] [6]

Adapted uniform[]

T'Pol's Starfleet uniform

Commander T'Pol in an adapted uniform, 2154

After receiving a Starfleet commission in 2154, Vulcan Commander T'Pol wore a uniform design adapted from her civilian jumpsuits during her service aboard Enterprise. Retaining the same basic appearance, her jumpsuits gained division color piping at the shoulders, rank insignia on the right breast, and an Enterprise assignment patch worn on the left sleeve.

By 2161, T'Pol's uniform also gained a name tag and Starfleet patch worn on the right sleeve, per the alterations made to the standard duty uniform. (ENT: "Borderland", "These Are the Voyages...")

While T'Pol had been seen in the standard Starfleet jumpsuit in episodes like "Twilight" and "Hatchery", the producers opted not to give her a uniform of her own following her promotion. Perhaps to retain sex appeal that might have been lost had she donned the less-revealing Starfleet uniform, they instead made cosmetic changes to her existing wardrobe.

Rank insignia[]

Enlisted officer ranks
Crewman 3rd class Crewman 2nd class Crewman 1st class
3rd crewman insignia 2nd crewman insignia 1st crewman insignia
Junior officer ranks
Ensign Lieutenant
Ensign insignia Lieutenant insignia
Senior officer ranks
Type Commander Captain
Insignia Commander insignia Captain insignia
Stripes No stripes Captain sleeve insignia
Flag officer ranks
Type Commodore Rear admiral Vice admiral
Insignia Commodore insignia Rear admiral insignia Vice admiral insignia
Stripes Commodore sleeve insignia No stripes No stripes

This chart represents the rank insignia seen on screen throughout these uniforms' appearances.


Background information[]

The Starfleet uniforms introduced in Star Trek: Enterprise were designed by Robert Blackman, based upon William Ware Theiss' designs for Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. The uniforms also resembled those worn by Zefram Cochrane and the mission crew of the warp-ship Phoenix during their historic mission seen in Star Trek: First Contact.

While Gene Roddenberry had dictated that zippers, buttons and other "modern" closures would be antiquated by the time of the 23rd and 24th centuries, Blackman utilized an abundance of zippers and buttons in his costume designs for Enterprise indicating its position in time before the original Star Trek. Each suit had 13 zippers. Because the zipper pulls were custom made, they didn't make it through the dry cleaning process very well. As a result, the color on the pulls had to be touched up after each cleaning.

The prototype suits were created with different features on each side of the suit so that producers could get an idea of all of the possible features the finished suit could have.

Several costumes and costume components were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay, including several pairs of boots, made by Alfani in Italy. [7]

In an interview in Star Trek Monthly(citation needededit), Robert Blackman noted lieutenant junior grade and lieutenant commander were intentionally not to be included in the costume design. An article in Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 3, Issue 11, p. 42 on the 2151 uniforms and rank did not mention either rank.

In the mirror universe, the Terran Empire counterparts did use lieutenant commander, however, as well as fleet admiral and at least one grade of non-commissioned officer (where the prime universe used only crewmen to represent enlisted personnel.


The Starfleet Operations Manual (p. 12) suggests this uniform was in use from "c. 21132161".

In the Rise of the Federation novel A Choice of Futures, these uniforms were phased out in favor of a new standardized uniform that used elements from all of the Federation's founding members.

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