Shown in the form of colored piping at the shoulders, Earth Starfleet divisions were displayed in the following code:Gold – Command division (includes flight control, helm officers)
Fitted close to the body, the uniform 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 silver,
rectangular pips, was displayed on the right chest, set within the division color piping. The uniform jumpsuit was worn
over a black, button-up mock turtleneck, with heavy black, leather-like boots.
(ENT: "Broken Bow", "First Flight")
The garment worn by all active duty Starfleet personnel is similar
to an overall or jumpsuit, but it has a series of vents
and cuffs that allows it to be altered into a more fitted outfit. The advantage of the one-piece style is that it can be
mass-produced easily in a number of sizes, and then altered to fit by the wearer once he or she has pulled it on.
A long, frontal, centrally mounted zipper runs from the top of the straight slightly raised collar all the way down
to the lower abdomen. This allows the uniform to be taken off quickly, or put on swiftly, simply by stepping into
the trousers, placing the arms into the upper section and the pulling the upper half up and over the shoulders until
it is correctly fitted on a male or female crewmember. The zip can be worn high or low for additional comfort
round the neck. The colour of the uniform is blue, and is manufactured from a hard wearing mixture of materials
that provides some protection to the wearer during normal duties, as well as warmth and comfort. The sleeves
feature long zips built into the forearms just behind the cuffs, which fold over the wrist to create a relatively
close fit above the hands. This combination is particularly useful for engineering personnel or those carrying out
maintenance, as the close-fitting sleeves will not get in the way of potentially sensitive equipment while carrying
out their duties, and leaves the hands completely exposed while working. If the crew members need to have
their upper arms completely exposed when working in wet or extremely hot conditions, the cuffs can be quickly
opened with the zips, and the entire lower section of the sleeve rolled up over the bicep.
The right sleeve of the uniform includes a small zipped pocket on
the outside of the garment, and is large enough
to hold small tools. Pockets are a significant feature on the uniforms of 2151 - the upper chest of the uniform
includes a horizontal pocket on the right breast just below the identification piping, along with three narrow vertical
stitched flaps into which can be placed narrow tools or implements for immediate access. There is a longer vertical
pocket positioned on the left side of the uniform's front, along with two large pockets located on the upper left and
right thighs of the garments. This combination provides great opportunity for the crew to carry a number of items
with them at all times, with the accessibility of the uniform's design reflecting a need for the carriage of additional
equipment within the highly experimental environment of the Enterprise.
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".
By the year 2161, several modifications were made to the Earth
Starfleet duty uniform. New additions to the
uniform included epaulets on the shoulders as well as an additional mission patch displaying the Earth Starfleet
logo worn on the right sleeve, and a name tag worn on the left shoulder.
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.
Similar to the duty uniform, a separate uniform was in service for
Earth Starfleet's higher-ranking flag officers,
including admirals and commodores. 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.
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, as well as more TOS-like rank insignia.
On certain occasions, such as diplomatic
or other formal functions, a dress uniform was also available to
personnel as early as 2161. Also bearing the same style division color piping around the shoulders, but lacking
the zip-up pockets, 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 Earth Starfleet logo on the right sleeve,
and one bearing the individual assignment patch on the left.
(ENT: "These Are the Voyages...")
The Earth 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, since Manny Coto's appearance in the same episode introduced a more
TOS-like flag sleeve stripe, it is possible that the previous design used for commodores is now used for
captains, with commodores adopting the thicker, braided TOS-style look. Of course, it is also possible
that the mix-up is a result of the 24th century holodeck being incorrect in its historical details.
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.
"Desert Crossing" [ENT], "Kir'Shara" [ENT]
Like the excursion uniform, a heavy jacket and trouser set was
available for use in freezing or harsh cold conditions.
Consisting of a thick, dark-green hooded jacket, pants and boots, this uniform was in use as early as 2153 and
available to officers serving aboard Earth Starfleet starships and at Starfleet Command on Earth.
(ENT: "The Seventh", "Regeneration", "The Aenar")
[ENT], "Oasis" [ENT]
A second jacket option was also available aboard Earth 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".
In use aboard starships such as the NX class 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.
"The Forge" [ENT]
Similar in design to the standard duty uniform, a gray jumpsuit was
available to personnel serving aboard,
or visiting, 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.
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 Earth Starfleet
mission 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"
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.
Several options were available to enlisted and civilian medical
doctors in the service of Earth Starfleet during the
2150s. Denobulan and Human doctors wore civilian clothing beneath stark, white lab coats at locations including
Cold Station 12. These lab coats featured pockets on the left chest and mission-specific assignment patches on
the left sleeve. (ENT: "Cold Station 12")
situations requiring sterile conditions,
silver, rubber-like scrubs were available aboard
starships as early as 2151. These scrubs did
not include masks, but did include similar silver
gloves and covered the wearer from neck to toe.
(ENT: "Broken Bow", "A Night in Sickbay")
Even though it was clearly stated 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 has ever been shown
wearing a mask during the entire run of Enterprise.
"A Matter of Time" [TNG]
For use in more casual circumstances or during physical exercise and
training, active wear was available to
Earth 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 Earth Starfleet mission patch worn on the left sleeve. This tunic
was sometimes worn over standard duty uniform trousers. (ENT: "First Flight")
In use aboard Earth 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")
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")
For use beneath their uniforms, Starfleet personnel (22nd century) had at their disposal specific under garments
for wear as early as 2151. These underwear consisted of bright blue garments, trimmed in black. Both men
and women wore boxer-brief-style shorts and tank tops.
(ENT: "Broken Bow", "Sleeping Dogs", "Acquisition")
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 "Bounty" though
T'Pol's may have been Vulcan issue.
In addition to the basic outer uniform, all personnel up to the rank
of captain wear a black undershirt fastened by buttons.
Archer putting on the shirt that is
worn over the underwear and outer garment
Archer wearing, unbuttoned, the shirt that is
worn over the underwear and under the outer garment
The nature of the Enterprise's interior construction also calls for comfortable and protective footwear due to
the large number of exposed metallic surfaces and ladders, so all personnel wear the same thick soled
black zipped ankle boots around which the lower part of the uniform's trouser is fitted to prevent the leg of the
uniform being caught while climbing or walking.
NX Project patch appeared in the episode "First Flight" and was
worn on the pressure suits. Several assignment patches were on display
in the 602 Club. Because of the central placement of the NX Project
patch in this display it might be assumed that the other patches represented
organizations that in some way contributed to, or were related to the
"First Flight" [ENT]
Patches pictured, from top, clockwise:
patch - The design of this motif, although it develops
over the next few centuries, will stay basically the same as regards general
colour scheme, the circle, its wide border, stars being included in the
design, and the arrowhead. Like other Enterprise patches, the
Starfleet Command patch was designed with backward-conformity
in line with later Starfleet Command logos. The Starfleet Command
logo first appeared in "Shadows of P'Jem" on a flag outside of Starfleet
Headquarters. It was first used on a patch in "First Flight". In the 2160s,
all Starfleet personnel wore the Starfleet Command patch on the right upper
arm as seen in "These Are the Voyages...". The Latin motto translates as
"To the stars through hardships". Patch design and motto pay homage to the insignia/motto of NASA.
The rank system used by the MACO
military force of 22nd century Earth are based on traditional army ranks
from previous Earth ranking systems, particularly those of the United States of America' armed forces.
It could be assumed that the other ranks of such a system also exist, although they were not used on screen. The producers
of Star Trek apparently avoided the army ranks that sound naval (lieutenant, captain, etc.) to avoid confusion.
The rank of major was used by MACO field officers commanding larger
groups of soldiers on special assignments.
The insignia was a gold oak leaf on a blue shoulder patch. The oak leaf insignia appears to be carried over from
the USA system insignia for major.
Major J. Hayes commanded the MACOs aboard Enterprise.
Traditionally, a major is equivalent of a naval
lieutenant commander, however Earth Starfleet had no such rank at the time. Though Hayes may have technically
outranked Lieutenant Malcolm Reed, the MACO team was still subordinate to the ship's chief of security.
From the fact that Hayes named a corporal as his successor in ENT: "Countdown,"
it could be assumed
that he was the only MACO officer aboard Enterprise.
The sergeant insignia was three white chevrons on a blue shoulder patch.
The corporal insignia was two white chevrons on a blue shoulder patch.
Several corporals were seen assigned to Enterprise, and also
posted at other Starfleet assignments.
The private insignia was a single white chevron on a blue shoulder patch.
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