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"I love a woman in uniform."
– Quark, regarding Kira Nerys, 2369 ("Emissary")

In the context of occupations, the term uniform was used to refer to the clothing worn for the purpose of displaying membership in an organization. In the military, the uniform also displayed rank insignia and position as a form of non-verbal communication of authority and purpose between members of said organization. Many intelligent cultures evolved the use of some form of uniform clothing or decorations to facilitate this. Along with their duty uniform, the members of an organization wore dress uniforms on special occasions.

Because of their struggled past during the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor, the Bajorans Mullibok, Baltrim, and Keena did not like uniforms. Mullibok told this to Major Kira Nerys when she beamed down to the surface of the Bajoran moon Jerrado and was menaced with Bajoran farming tools. (DS9: "Progress")

At times, the Starfleet uniform played a role in an individual's strength against coercion. For example, Data refused to remove his Starfleet uniform and don clothes provided by Kivas Fajo, representing his freedom from within "involuntary confinement." (TNG: "The Most Toys") When Sisko and O'Brien were with a Human colony led by Alixus, Sisko refused to exchange his uniform for clothing that leader provided, despite undergoing extreme punishment. (DS9: "Paradise")

At other times, the Starfleet uniform played a role in an authority figure's establishment of control. For example, when Edward Jellico briefly served as captain of the USS Enterprise-D, he ordered Deanna Troi to wear a standard uniform when on duty, rather than casual attire which she traditionally preferred. (TNG: "Chain Of Command, Part I") In contrast, when Lieutenant Commander Calvin Hudson stopped living a double existence and became completely Maquis, he refused to accept his Federation uniform when Benjamin Sisko offered it to him, saying, "It's just a uniform, Ben." (DS9: "The Maquis, Part II")

In 2267, Trelane jovially commented to DeSalle that both he himself and the Starfleet personnel whom DeSalle represented shared a love of uniforms. (TOS: "The Squire of Gothos")

The Jem'Hadar had uniforms which allowed their wearers to be almost completely unaffected by many forms of anti-personnel force field. (DS9: "The Jem'Hadar")

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