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Starfleet uniforms (22nd century)

Starfleet uniforms in 2151

The uniforms worn by Starfleet personnel of the 22nd century became the template for certain future incarnations of Starfleet uniform. (Star Trek: Enterprise).

The uniform design was in use as early as the 2140s, and lasted into the 2160s with little variation. (ENT: "First Flight", "These Are the Voyages...")

Standard duty uniform

Jumpsuit

2150s

Starfleet command uniform, 22nd century

A command division uniform, 2152

Malcolm Reed, 2151

Operations division, 2151

Hoshi Sato, 2154

Sciences division, 2154

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. 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 The Original Series, the uniforms strongly resembled the flight suits worn by US and NATO military aviation and missile personnel of the present. 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.
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".


2160s

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 on the left shoulder. (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")

Underwear

22nd century Starfleet underwear

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 characters in Star Trek: Enterprise appeared in their underwear several times over the course of the series, with "Acquisition" keeping Commander Tucker in his underwear for the better part of an entire act. Appropriately, Dr. Phlox and T'Pol wore non-regulation underwear in episodes such as "Bounty", though T'Pol's may have been Vulcan issue.


Head gear

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", "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 wear rarely seen by season three and only appeared once in season four.


Flag officer uniform

22nd century Starfleet flag officer

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 tie. Displaying the wearer's rank insignia on both shoulders, the uniform also featured wide red and white piping on the cuffs. (ENT: "Broken Bow", "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

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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" uniform...at 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...")

Type A

Mayweather in excursion jacket, 2151

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

22nd century Starfleet excursion jacket

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

22nd century Starfleet desert gear

Captain Jonathan Archer wearing the excursion long coat, 2154.

In use aboard starships such as the Template:ShipClass 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 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 arctic 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")

EV suit

Pressure suit

EV suit, 22nd century

A typical EV suit

In use aboard Starfleet vessels during the early 2150s, the typical environmental suit (or "EV suit") featured an independent air supply and gravity boots. Distinguished by a copper-colored, rubber-like material, these uniforms featured helmets connected by thin material that allowed a wide range of movement. Featuring a heavy chest place sitting on the shoulders, these suits were worn with tight-fitting gloves (with zipper connections) and shoe-like boots, with heavy, ridged soles.

The helmets were illuminated from within, casting a blue light on the wearer's face, with lamps mounted on either side of the head to illuminate the surrounding area (if needed). Air supply gauges were located on the back of the suit, as well as on the sleeve. Identifying name tags and mission patch logos were located on the chest plate, alongside a built-in communicator, tied into an ear piece. (ENT: "Fight or Flight", "Sleeping Dogs", "Minefield")

Under suit

EV undersuit

The EV under suit

Worn beneath the standard environmental suit was a distinct under suit. This form-fitting uniform was dark-gray in color and featured ribbing along the sides and chest, zipping at the front. The suit could be worn with a belt capable of holding a sidearm and various other pieces of equipment. It was also worn with booties that fit within the gravity boots of the outer EV suit. (ENT: "Sleeping Dogs")

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

22nd century Starfleet training gear

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 an Starfleet mission patch worn on the left sleeve. This tunic was sometimes worn over standard duty uniform trousers. (ENT: "First Flight")

Provisional uniform

22nd century Starfleet gray uniform

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.


Adapted uniform

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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.


Examples of rank insignia

Ent crew3
Crewman 3rd class
Ent crew2
Crewman 2nd class
Ent crew1
Crewman 1st class
Ent ens
Ensign
Ent lt
Lieutenant
Ent cmdr
Commander
Ent capt
Captain pips
Captain-Commodore sleeve stripes, 22nd century
Captain stripes
Ent cdore
Commodore pips
Captain-Commodore sleeve stripes, 22nd century
Commodore stripes
Ent radm
Rear admiral
Ent vadm
Vice admiral
This chart represents the rank insignia seen on screen throughout these uniforms' appearances. Ranks and insignia that existed in later centuries are: petty officer, chief, lieutenant junior grade, lieutenant commander, and fleet admiral. Lieutenant j.g. and lieutenant commander were specifically mentioned in an interview in Star Trek Monthly not to be included in Robert Blackman's costume design. In the mirror universe, the Terran Empire counterparts did have a lieutenant commander grade, however, as well as fleet admiral and at least one grade of non-commissioned officer (where the "regular universe" had none, only having crewmen representing their enlisted complement).

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Background information

The Starfleet uniforms introduced in Star Trek: Enterprise were designed by Robert Blackman, based upon William Ware Theiss's designs for Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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. [1]

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