In 2373, the standard Starfleet uniform was again modified, retaining the same basic shape and division colors from the previous design, but reversing the colors on the shoulders and turtleneck. The blue-grey shoulder area was now quilted with vertical stitches. The division colors were also displayed on each wrist as a colored hoop.
A succession of other Starfleet uniforms based upon this design were also phased into service during this time. By 2380, this version continued to be used aboard the USS Titan and Starbase 25, while a newer uniform was worn by personnel aboard California-class and Parliament-class vessels. (LD: "Second Contact", "No Small Parts", "We'll Always Have Tom Paris", "An Embarrassment Of Dooplers")
- 1 Standard duty uniform
- 2 Flag officer uniform
- 3 Dress uniform
- 4 Desert robes
- 5 Combat uniform
- 6 Utility uniform
- 7 Cadet uniform
- 8 Section 31 uniform
- 9 Other uniform features
- 10 Rank insignia
- 11 Appendices
Standard duty uniform
While the standard, two-tone duty uniform introduced in the late 2360s remained in service (at least) until 2373, it was phased out of regular use aboard Starfleet vessels and space stations beginning in 2373.
Although the new duty uniform retained the same basic structure and style of the last standard duty uniform, the yoke/shoulder area usually displaying division colors was given a standard, blue-gray color and quilted. Cuffs were also added to the uniform, bearing a stripe of corresponding division color.
With this new wave of duty uniforms, so too came minor variants available to commanding officers. Similar to the so-called "captain's jacket" variant worn in the 2360s, a new vest or waistcoat was introduced aboard starships and space stations. Bearing the same gray, quilted yoke as the duty uniform (extended lower, below the combadge), this sleeveless, low-necked vest allowed the wearer a more casual appearance. (Star Trek: First Contact; DS9: "Rapture")
In addition to the vest, a more formal uniform was also available to commanding officers. Featuring only minor differences from the standard duty uniform, a variant uniform without cuffs and bearing a more formal collar was also in use as early as 2373. (DS9: "Rapture", "The Darkness and the Light")
When compared to the previous design, the mock turtleneck shirt worn beneath the jumpsuit uniform was made of a heavier material, now displaying one of three division colors and opening in the front from a prominent closure. Beneath this, a blue-gray tee, or sleeveless tee, was worn, similar in style to the undershirt of the previous design. (Star Trek: First Contact; DS9: "You Are Cordially Invited", "Take Me Out to the Holosuite", "Strange Bedfellows", "The Dogs of War")
Flag officer uniform
Retaining the same basic form as the previous style, the next generation of flag officer service uniform incorporated the adjusted color scheme and quilted yoke. The jacket was longer and edged in gold, and the tunic displayed rank insignia on both sides of the collar. The cuffs were wider than present on the standard uniform, displaying admiral's rank insignia on both sleeves. A belt was also introduced to the uniform, with either a plain gold rectangular buckle or an oval buckle displaying the Seal of the United Federation of Planets. (DS9: "Behind the Lines", "Favor the Bold"; Star Trek: Insurrection)
Again coinciding with the alterations made to the duty uniform, two distinct variations on the Starfleet dress uniform were introduced.
The first, used around 2374, closely resembled the preceding style of dress uniform, a standard two-tone long jacket and black trousers. New to this version, which retained the previous coloration of black with one of the three division colors, was the quilted yoke, cuffs with a gold band, and a black belt displaying the seal of the United Federation of Planets. The gold trim along the collar was widened to three parallel gold bands, with the middle band retaining the broken style of the few previous dress uniform styles, while the outer bands were solid. (DS9: "You Are Cordially Invited")
In 2375, the second dress uniform variant was introduced, this time a stark departure from previous styles. Throwing out the old color scheme and long jacket, the new style favored a white, short jacket with gold trim and a quilted gray center section, worn over black trousers, which were also trimmed in gold.
Division colors were less prominent than in the preceding style, appearing as piping around the collar, and wide bands on the cuffs and side seams of the trousers.
While this uniform was standard to all duty officers, captains and flag officers wore white in place of blue-gray in the center section. Flag officers had a wider cuff braid with a solid white line running through it, upon which rank insignia was affixed.
Members of the Starfleet band at the Riker-Troi wedding wore solid gray uniforms, which featured longer, looser jackets than the standard uniform. The gold and division color trim of the standard jacket was replaced with white, and the collar, now distinguished by white trim where it met the shoulders, sported a thick band of white running the center of it where rank was displayed. The division color strip on the pants was also white. (Star Trek: Insurrection; DS9: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"; Star Trek Nemesis)
This particular uniform consisted of white hooded robes, with off-white pants and short-sleeve shirts trimmed with division colors, and was used when the standard duty uniform might have proved uncomfortable or inappropriate for some environments.
Retaining the same general appearance as its predecessor, the uniform used by Starfleet personnel in combat situations was a black combat jacket with a division color stripe running across the chest.
While essentially the same design as the preceding style – gray jumpsuit with division colored shoulders – quilting was again added to the yoke as were cuffs bearing division colors. Instead of being a one-piece uniform, however, it was split, now sporting a gray mock turtleneck beneath.
Section 31 uniform
In use since the mid-22nd century, the distinctive black uniforms worn by operatives involved with Starfleet's secret organization Section 31 remained basically unchanged in the 2370s. Made from a black, leather-like material, the Section 31 uniform consisted of a long, black coat worn over a black mock turtleneck tunic and black trousers. (DS9: "Inquisition") Given Section 31's high level of autonomy, secrecy, and their overall lack of protocol, it was more likely that they had no standard duty uniform - at least none that Starfleet could critique.
Other uniform features
Depending on their various circumstances and traditions, some Starfleet officers were allowed to augment their uniforms with the addition of cultural items.
Ferengi cadet, and later officer, Nog wore a headdress traditional among his people. The headdress matched the color and texture of the shoulder material on his uniform. (DS9: "Homefront", "Favor the Bold")
Chief petty officer
Lieutenant junior grade
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Though these uniforms were not seen in canon until 2373, the fourth and final issue of the IDW Comics miniseries Star Trek: Spock: Reflections shows Picard wearing this uniform in 2372, after Spock has taken Kirk's body from Veridian III and re-interred it at the Kirk family farm in Iowa.