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Starfleet uniforms (late 2360s-early 2370s)
The late 2360s-early 2370s style uniform

In the late 2360s, the Starfleet uniform was changed from the previous design, mainly switching the division color to the shoulders.

The next major redesign occurred in 2373. However, this uniform continued to be used until 2378 on the USS Voyager, due to the ship being trapped in the Delta Quadrant. (Star Trek: First Contact; DS9: "Rapture"; VOY: "Endgame")

Standard duty uniform

Kathryn Janeway, 2371
Kathryn Janeway in the 2370s-style duty uniform
Miles O'Brien
Miles O'Brien in ops gold with 2360s style combadge
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The Doctor in sciences blue with 2370s style combadge

By the year 2369, Starfleet had introduced a new standard duty uniform, a less formal uniform than the previous version which reversed the familiar two-tone arrangement of black over department colors. The combadge was updated around this time with the new Starfleet insignia, although some flag officer uniforms still used the previous design.

The new uniform was a loose-fitting, two-piece black jumpsuit with division color on the shoulders, usually worn with an open collar over a blue-gray mock-turtleneck shirt. Under the uniform jacket and shirt was an undershirt with the same blue-gray of the mock turtleneck. Comparable to a utility jumpsuit, the uniform was first used aboard space stations before eventually coming into service aboard starships in 2371.

Despite being worn in conjunction with the more formal duty uniform, the new variant eventually came into exclusive use aboard starships before its retirement in 2373. (Star Trek Generations; VOY: "Caretaker"; DS9: "Emissary", "Rapture")

Designed by Robert Blackman for Deep Space Nine, this uniform was intended to set the look of the new show apart from Star Trek: The Next Generation...and set the tone. The uniforms, with their rolled up sleeves, seemed to indicate that the alien station on which the show was set was far from the sleek and clean USS Enterprise-D.It is notable that this variant's science uniforms, although referred to as blue are visibly closer to green.
While new uniforms had been designed for the feature Star Trek: Generations, a last minute decision abandoned them in favor of using a mix of TNG and DS9-style costumes. In the film, many Enterprise-D crewmembers started off in the TNG uniform, then switched to the DS9 uniform at random points during the film. Reportedly, time was so short that actors Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton had to "borrow" uniforms made for DS9 stars Avery Brooks and Colm Meaney, respectively. Generations was the only example of the two uniforms being worn alongside one another by any crew, DS9 producers generally using the TNG-style uniforms to indicate that the wearer served on a starship or, as in the episodes "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost", at Starfleet Command. One of the few variants of the uniform also appeared in Generations, Captain Picard wearing the standard jumpsuit-style version, with a black, barely visible, belt buckle.
The uniform went on to be the uniform of choice on Voyager, where it remained even after the First Contact redesign. Variants of this uniform style were seen in "Live Fast and Prosper" (copied by con artists) and "Living Witness", in the holoprogram The Voyager Encounter).

Engineer's Overcoat

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Torres wearing her overcoat

B'Elanna Torres wore a functional overcoat over her traditional uniform. It mirrored the uniform design, with gold shoulder coloring. As well as adding an additional layer for protection, it provided small pockets for tools. (VOY Season 4)

It is unclear if this addition to the uniform was available as standard or designed by Torres for her own use. In real life, it was introduced to conceal the pregnancy of Roxann Dawson.


Maternity uniform

Late 2360s-early 2370s maternity uniform
B'Elanna Torres in a sciences blue maternity uniform

Maternity versions of the uniforms were also available, consisting of a uniform top that, instead of being tucked in as on the standard uniform, flared out below the waist. (VOY: "Tattoo", "Deadlock", "Endgame")

These were worn most prominently on Voyager by Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres in season seven and Ensign Samantha Wildman in season two.


Uniform undershirt

Starfleet uniform shirt 2370s
Kathryn Janeway wearing the uniform shirt

This uniform was worn with two layers of shirts under the uniform jacket. The first layer was the long sleeve blue-gray color mock-turtleneck upon which the wearers rank insignia was worn. This shirt was visible when the jacket was worn, and beneath this was either a female or male undershirt of the same blue-gray color.

There were two versions of undershirts available. A sleeveless undershirt that was tucked into the uniform pants just below the breast, but lower than the previous undershirt. This undershirt also had a lower neckline with less material used on the shoulders when compared to the previous version. (VOY: "Year of Hell, Part II") A short sleeved tee was also used, tucked into the pants at the waistline. This style was worn by both sexes. (VOY: "Thirty Days", "Latent Image")


Flag officer uniform

Alynna Nechayev
Admiral Alynna Nechayev wearing the 2370s flag officer uniform

The last version of the flag officer uniform from the previous style was retained while these uniforms were in use. These uniforms were retired in 2374 for the next design. (TNG: "Realm of Fear"; DS9: "Behind the Lines")

Dress uniform

John Kelly burial
Dress uniform in use at a funeral

The dress uniform style from the previous uniform was retained while this uniform was in use. This uniform style was used by Starfleet until its retirement in 2374, though officers aboard the USS Voyager used it (though sparingly) throughout their mission in the Delta Quadrant. (DS9: "The Adversary", "Rejoined", "Crossfire"; VOY: "Course: Oblivion", "Someone to Watch Over Me", "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy", "One Small Step", "Ashes to Ashes")

Combat jacket

Burke (Chief)
Burke in a ground combat uniform

For situations that called for a Starfleet officer to serve in hazardous battle operations, a ground combat jacket was available by 2373.

Made of a harder, more durable substance than standard uniforms, the combat jacket was worn like body armor over the standard duty uniform.

Consisting of a black, textured material, the uniform's only distinguishing feature was a thick line of division color running across the yoke. (DS9: "Nor the Battle to the Strong")

A rarely seen Starfleet uniform variant, this combat style appeared once more under the next uniform design in DS9: "The Siege of AR-558".
While the jacket clearly provided added protection against bodily harm, it is unclear if the armor was able to withstand phaser fire.


Excursion uniform

Starfleet excursion uniform
Chakotay in gray, excursion-type uniform

Available to officers serving aboard starships as early as 2371, gray jumpsuits were worn during certain away missions if conditions warranted. In 2373, officers from the starship Voyager wore these gray uniforms on a rock climbing excursion on an alien planet.

Marked by a stripe of division color across the chest, these jumpsuits were tight-fitting and trimmed in a metallic-silver material. Allowing for more taxing physical activity, these uniforms were worn with specialized boots with treads better suited to mountainous or more rugged terrain. (VOY: "Blood Fever")

Uniforms similar to these were worn beneath environmental suits. (VOY: "Friendship One")

While this uniform was only seen used on Star Trek: Voyager, it is logical to conclude that other Starfleet crews had it at their disposal by 2371, when Voyager first departed.


Training uniform

Starfleet training uniform
Tuvok and Henley in gray training uniforms

Similar in make to the excursion-type uniforms in use aboard starships in the 2370s, the training uniform was a gray, short-sleeved jumpsuit worn with specialized boots bearing enhanced treads. The uniform style lacked any rank insignia, noticeably in the collar area as the jumpsuit had an open neck. Female styles had a lower, but narrower open neck than their male counterparts.

These uniforms were used in situations in which increased physical activity warranted something less confining and more flexible than the standard duty uniform.

Marked by a strip of division color running across the chest and down the sleeves, these uniforms had low collars and were tight-fitting. (VOY: "Learning Curve", "Q2")

Again, while these uniforms were not seen in use outside of Star Trek: Voyager, these uniforms were most likely available to the whole of Starfleet as early as the departure of Voyager in 2371.


Flight suit

Starfleet flight suit
Torres and Paris in flight suits

During their participation in the Antarian Trans-stellar Rally in 2377, USS Voyager officers Tom Paris, B'Elanna Torres and Harry Kim donned special flight suits.

Consisting of sleek, tight-fitting jumpsuits, the flight suits were black and gray with stark white shoulders and red trim. The uniforms featured high collars and distinctive closures running down the front. (VOY: "Drive")

It is unclear whether these suits were official Starfleet wardrobe or whether Tom Paris or somebody aboard Voyager created them for such an occasion. While they do not seem to correspond with any existing uniforms, it is possible they were designed by Starfleet and thus available to Voyager officers before their launch in 2371, or after the Pathfinder Project reestablished contact in 2376.


Medical attire

Scrubs

Medical scrubs, 2373
A nurse, Bashir, and a Bolian orderly wearing scrubs in 2373

During surgical sessions, scrubs were provided to doctors in a blue-gray in color. These scrubs were worn by medical personnel in battlefield hospitals. (DS9: "Nor the Battle to the Strong")

It is not clear whether these scrubs were Starfleet issue or local to the Ajilon Prime battlefield hospital seen in this episode.


Patient attire

Medical patient attire, 2373
Bashir as a patient after being wounded

Patients wore a plain blue garment while receiving care in battlefield hospitals. (DS9: "Nor the Battle to the Strong")

It is not clear if this was Starfleet issue or local to the Ajilon Prime battlefield hospital seen in this episode.


Cadet uniform

Riley Aldrin Shepard, 2372
Riley Shepard in a cadet uniform, 2372

By the early-2370s, the Starfleet cadet uniform was modified to keep it distinct from the standard duty uniform.

Retaining the same basic shape and style of the previous design, the new uniform was now gray with division color shoulders. With this modification, all visible rank insignia was also removed.

While this uniform saw use through 2374, a new cadet uniform was introduced to some cadets as early as 2372. (DS9: "Homefront", "Favor the Bold", "Field of Fire")

First appearing in the two-parter "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost", this new cadet's uniform was clearly introduced to make it more distinguishable from the increasingly-prevalent DS9-style uniform. The uniform continued service on the likes of Cadet Nog through the sixth season, before his eventual promotion. Interestingly, while Nog's uniform would remain unchanged, the episodes "Valiant" and "Field of Fire" indicate a radical redesign of the cadet uniform taking place as early as 2372, around the time of the departure of the training vessel Valiant.


Other features

Worf, 2372
Worf wearing his Klingon baldric

Depending on their various circumstances and traditions, some Starfleet officers were allowed to augment their uniforms with the addition of cultural items.

Klingon Starfleet officer Worf wore a baldric displaying various family emblems throughout his tenure in Starfleet. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

Ferengi cadet Nog wore a headdress traditional among his people. (DS9: "Homefront")

Scientists sometimes also adorned their Starfleet uniforms differently than other officers, wearing lab coats over their standard uniforms. (VOY: "The Swarm")

Rank insignia

Vgr chief
provisional enlisted personnel
Tng chief
Chief petty officer
Tng chief

Ds9 scpo
Senior chief petty officer

Tng ensign
Ensign

Vgr ensign
(provisional)

Tng ltjg
Lieutenant junior grade

Vgr ltjg
(provisional)

Tng lt
Lieutenant

Vgr lt
(provisional)

Tng ltcmdr
Lieutenant commander

Vgr ltcmdr
(provisional)

Tng cmdr
Commander
Tng capt
Captain
Tng radm
Rear admiral
Tng vadm
Vice admiral
Tng adm
Admiral
This chart represents the rank insignia seen on screen throughout these uniforms' appearances. Non-provisional crewmen wore no insignia.

Appendices

Appearances

Background information

The Starfleet uniforms introduced in the 2360s and '70s were designed by TNG, DS9 and VOY veteran costume designer Robert Blackman, based upon William Ware Theiss's designs from The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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