A command division commodore wearing flag officer sleeve stripe insignia.

Federation Starfleet ranks in the 2240s, 2250s and early 2260s were rank insignia displayed on the Starfleet uniform of the time, a uniform that was in use around the same time period.

Sleeve stripe insignia[edit | edit source]

These rank insignia began to be used around the turn of the 2240s decade, and lasted until the mid 2260s.

These insignia were only seen in canon a handful of times, in TOS episodes: "The Cage", "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and Charlie X. In publicity photos for The Original Series, these typical stripe insignia were seen on the later black-collared uniform design, indicating that some variations of these insignia were used after the previous uniform discontinued. However, the 2260s style-ranks were seen or recognized as uniform insignia as early as the 2250s, indicating a period when the two styles were both in coexistence.
enlisted uniform
grade
(sleeve insignia)
command division operations division sciences division gray uniforms
(multidivisional)
service jacket
(all divisions)
cadet/trainee Sleeve insignia.[1]
enlisted/general wear Sleeve insignia.[2] Sleeve insignia.[3] Sleeve insignia.[4] Sleeve insignia.[3] Sleeve insignia.[5] Sleeve insignia. 2250s enlisted jacket.png[6]
chief 2250s conn chief sleeve.png[3] Sleeve insignia.[3] 2250s ops chief sleeve.png[7] Sleeve insignia.[3] 2250s sci chief sleeve.png[3] Sleeve insignia. 2250s officer jacket.png[6]
officer's uniform
grade
(sleeve insignia)
command division operations division sciences division gray uniforms
(multidivisional)
service jacket
(all divisions)
ensign Sleeve insignia.[4] Sleeve insignia.[3] Sleeve insignia.[4] Sleeve insignia.[3] Sleeve insignia.[5] Sleeve insignia. 2250s officer jacket.png[6]
officer 2250s conn officer sleeve.png[8] Sleeve insignia.[3] 2250s ops officer sleeve.png[9] Sleeve insignia.[3] 2250s sci officer sleeve.png[10] Sleeve insignia.
captain 2250s conn captain sleeve.png[11] Sleeve insignia.[3] 2250s ops captain sleeve.png[12] Sleeve insignia.[3] 2250s sci captain sleeve.png[3] Sleeve insignia.
flag officer's uniform
grade
(sleeve insignia)
command division operations division sciences division gray uniforms
(multidivisional)
service jacket
(all divisions)
all flag officer grade 2250s conn admiral sleeve.png[13] Sleeve insignia.[14] 2250s ops admiral sleeve.png[3] Sleeve insignia.[3] 2250s sci admiral sleeve.png[3] Sleeve insignia. 2250s officer jacket.png[6]

Badge insignia[edit | edit source]

The badge insignia was used on uniforms as early as 2249 and remained in use at least until 2257. Several ships such as the USS Shenzhou, USS Yeager, and USS Discovery used the insignia. (DSC episode: "The Vulcan Hello")

duty uniforms
grade (badge insignia) command division sciences division operations division
scientific branch medical branch
cadet's uniform
cadet/freshman
Discovery Cadet Medical Freshman.jpg
Discovery Cadet Operations Freshman.jpg
cadet/sophomore
Discovery Cadet Medical Sophomore.jpg
Discovery Cadet Operations Sophomore.jpg
cadet/junior cadet
Discovery Cadet Medical Junior.jpg
Discovery Cadet Operations Junior.jpg
cadet/senior cadet
Shenzou discovery CDT 1st insignia.png
Discovery Cadet Medical Senior.jpg
enlisted uniform
general wear
Shenzou discovery CREW insignia.png
DIS sci basic insignia.png
DIS med basic insignia.png
DIS ops basic insignia.png
line officer's uniform
ensign
Shenzou discovery ENS insignia.png
DIS sci ens insignia.png
DIS med ens insignia.png
DIS ops ens insignia.png
lieutenant junior grade
Shenzou discovery LT JG insignia.png
DIS sci lt jg insignia.png
DIS med lt jg insignia.png
DIS ops lt jg insignia.png
lieutenant
Shenzou discovery Lt insignia.png
DIS sci lt insignia.png
DIS med lt insignia.png
DIS ops lt insignia.png
lieutenant commander
Shenzou discovery Lt Cmdr insignia.png
DIS sci lt cmdr insignia.png
DIS med lt cmdr insignia.png
DIS ops lt cmdr insignia.png
commander
Shenzou discovery Cmdr insignia.png
DIS sci cmdr insignia.png
DIS med cmdr insignia.png
DIS ops cmdr insignia.png
captain
Shenzou discovery capt insignia.png
DIS sci capt insignia.png
DIS med capt insignia.png
DIS ops capt insignia.png
flag officer's uniform
rear admiral
DIS rear adm insignia.png
vice admiral
DIS vice adm insignia.png
admiral
DIS adm insignia.png

Appendices[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

The sleeve stripe insignia used in TOS were very vague, as they did not differentiate between officers of different grades. Additionally, some senior personnel (such as Christopher Pike and Charles Rasmussen) were sometimes shown with lower-rank officer insignia.

Connections[edit | edit source]

Federation Starfleet rank eras
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets. 2160s2230s2240s-2260s2260s2270s2278-2350s2350s-2360s2360s-2370s2370s-2380searly 2380s2386-2400s29th century32nd centuryalternate histories: alternate reality 2250salternate reality 2390s/2400s Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
See also: Federation Starfleet ranksUnited Earth Starfleet ranksMACO ranks

Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Sean Finnegan. (TOS episode: "Shore Leave")
  2. Barbara Smith. (TOS episode: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 Combinations of division colors and sleeve insignia from other sources suggested by source material.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 J.M. Colt (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  5. 5.0 5.1 Valdini. (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 landing party. (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  7. Garrison. (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  8. Number One (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  9. Jose Tyler (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  10. Spock (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  11. James T. Kirk (TOS episode: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")
  12. Ramart. (TOS episode: "Charlie X")
  13. Admiral Heihachiro Nogura (TOS comic: "Debt of Honor"), Commodore Strickland (EV comic: "Futures, Part One")
  14. Commodore Hal Wyeth wore a green service uniform that would have borne this sleeve, but his variant was without sleeve insignia, instead with shoulder insignia. (EV comic: "The Fires of Pharos")
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