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Geordi La Forge wearing a command division uniform.

Around reference stardate 2/9004, the Federation Starfleet chose to adopt a new uniform design as general issue, with the final decision and adoption worked towards at stardate 2/9501. This Starfleet uniform was created as one of a number of responses to concerns of the overly military look of the previous design dating back to the 2270s. The uniform featured a black boots, with a jumpsuit, mostly in black, bearing a swath of division color-coded fabric across the torso and sleeves, with divisional piping across the shoulders and collar. A Starfleet arrowhead combadge was worn on the chest and a set of gold rank pip insignia was usually worn at the collar, similar to the style of silver rank pips adopted with an interim uniform. The division colors were roughly based on previous designs, but realigned slightly, with red for command division, gold for operations division and blue for sciences division and switching the command and operation division colors from the first uniform design and the fourth uniform design (including medicine) while the science division color stays the same. (FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual)

This officially became standard issue by Starfleet in the year 2351. (Decipher RPG module: Starfleet Operations Manual)

By 2353, the uniform was in widespread use on bases and starships. (TNG episodes: "Suddenly Human", "The Battle")

This uniform began to phase out of use in 2366 when new designs were adopted. However, these 2350s-2360s uniforms closely resembled the succeeding style and continued to be worn by some personnel until 2370. (TNG episode: "Evolution")


Since some styles of cadet uniform and utility clothing were carried over from these designs into the next uniform system unchanged, it is possible that other types of uniforms of that later issue, including utility fatigues, service jackets and surface operation blacks, were also part of this issue with similar designs.



Starfleet uniforms
By era 2140s-Early 2160sMid 2160s2230s2230s-2260s (Kelvin timeline)2240s-22652265-22702270-22782278-2350sstardate 2/5501stardate 2/72062350s-23662366-23732373-2386early 2380smid-2380s2386-24092390s2410s to 26th century27th to 29th century31st to 32nd century Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
By name Antares uniformEnterprise uniformDeep Space Nine uniformTNG movie uniformSierra uniformStarfleet 2399Odyssey uniformStarfleet Academy uniformWells uniformStarfleet 3189
By type Dress uniformsEngineering suitEnvironmental variantsEV suitHazard suitracing uniformSurface operations blacks
See also Federation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet insigniaAway team equipmentImperial Starfleet uniform

Appearances and references[]

Canon episodes[]

This uniform type's first appearance in canon was in TNG episode: "Encounter at Farpoint", taking place in the year 2364. The uniform continued in use for all season 1 and 2 TNG episodes until a new style was adopted in TNG episode: "Evolution". However, since the studio had so many of the original set of uniforms in stock, extras and background players continued to wear the jumpsuit style until season 4 when the last of the older uniforms were converted with the new collar and yoke. The last example of this was ENT episode: "These Are the Voyages...", taking place in 2370, when an extra taken from TNG season 3 stock footage appeared in this uniform.

At various points, uniforms of this type were shown in order to establish flashback sequences chronologically.

Comic books[]

This uniform first appeared in comic book format in the Beginnings miniseries of DC Comics's TNG comics, in TNG comic: "... Where No One Has Gone Before!". The uniforms were in use for the rest of that miniseries and then in the later ongoing TNG comic series until the fourth issue "The Hero Factor", which was the last comic to take place during the time of this uniform's use, although a later story TNG comic: "Lifesigns" took place during the 2365 era. A WildStorm Comics story, "The Legacy of Elenor Dain", in the Star Trek Special, took place in 2365 and depicted these uniforms. IDW Publishing released TNG comics in The Space Between miniseries taking place during various points in the TNG era, including a 2364-era issue using this uniform, "History Lesson".

At various points, uniforms of this type were shown in order to establish flashback sequences chronologically.


This uniform occurs on the covers and internal illustrations of a number of novels of the era, beginning with the Pocket Books TNG novelization: Encounter at Farpoint, which featured a photo cover showing a publicity image of the TNG cast. Original releases from TNG novel: Ghost Ship through Gulliver's Fugitives all took place in this era, as well as the unnumbered Metamorphosis.

Several books of the Starfleet Academy series take place during the era of this uniform's use, although they use a different type of cadet uniform that matches the later style from canon. Books from The Lost Era series taking place after 2351 also feature uniforms of this type in cover artwork.

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