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By the 32nd century, the Starfleet uniform was mostly gray in color, and trimmed with the division color of its wearer. Additionally, a Starfleet tricom badge was worn on the left breast. (DIS: "Die Trying")

Standard duty uniform

Tactical/security uniform

Around this time, a specialized uniform was worn by tactical and security officers, which featured a black "honeycomb" design, and additional padding. As with the standard duty uniform of this era, a tricom badge was worn on the chest. Senior officers wore a gorget patch on the collar of their uniform, while junior officers apparently did not. (DIS: "Die Trying")

Specialized duty uniform

Some officers of this era wore specialized uniforms that differed from those of standard officers. (DIS: "Die Trying")

Flag officer uniform

The flag officer's uniform was a two-piece outfit. Rank was denoted by flag epaulets, and a mostly golden tricom badge was worn on the chest. (DIS: "Forget Me Not", "Die Trying")

Other uniform features

Certain officers aboard the Federation Headquarters space station wore attire other than the standard uniform, though they still wore tricom badges. (DIS: "Die Trying")

Eli's bow tie was inspired by performer Brendan Beiser coming in to a meeting with Alex Kurtzman with a bow tie, and Kurtzman asking Phillips to integrate it into his costume. (TRR: "Unification III")

Rank insignia

Officer rank insignia was indicated in various ways:

  • All officers' ranks were indicated by pips on the right side of the tricom badge, with admirals also having the bottom part of their badges colored light gold, as opposed to the light silver coloring used by all other ranks.
  • Captains wore shoulder straps with an additional insignia on either side of their uniform, as well as one rank bar gorget patch, all showing the same number of pips.
  • Admirals wore two rank bars - one on either side of their collar - in the form of gorget patches, as well as on epaulets.
Crewman tricom badge
Ensign tricom badge
Lieutenant junior grade tricom badge
Lieutenant junior grade
Lieutenant tricom badge
Lieutenant Commander tricom badge
Lieutenant commander
Commander tricom badge
Captain tricom badge
Commodore tricom badge
Fleet Admiral tricom badge
Fleet admiral



Background information

Uniforms with various division stripes

The 32nd century Starfleet uniform was designed by costume designer Gersha Phillips, and was first seen in "Forget Me Not". Phillips describes the design process and what makes these uniforms unique in a segment for The Ready Room: "Federation uniforms for the 32nd century." Phillips chose the particular fabric for the "cleanness that it gives, it makes it so clean and so streamlined."

The costume design team looked to old Star Trek video games for ideas on how to change up the uniforms and add new elements. Parts were 3D printed, molded with thermoplastic, and laser cut to provide an added "techy" look. Most of the uniform was put together with a bonding system so no stitching would be visible. The new uniform boots were made by a company in Portugal. (TRR: "Unification III")