Annotations & Trivia:
- The dress uniform was the only uniform to feature both sleeve
stripes and rank tabs.
- The Class A uniforms used sleeve stripes only to identify rank. It
was thus impossible to distinguish between enlisted grades as enlisted
personnel wore their insignia on shoulder tabs only. A good example for
this impracticality is Chief DiFalco.
- Shoulder tabs were used on the Class B uniforms, Epsilon IX tunics,
leisure uniforms, jumpsuits, engineering and protective suits, and
- The field jackets featured a divisional stripe around the left upper
arm with rank identifiers set on top.
- Information about the Fleet Admiral, Admiral, Vice Admiral, and
Commodore rank stripes comes from a uniform guide, reproduced in the
1981 Marvel comic "Spock - The Barbarian!".
- According to a memo written by associate producer Jon Povill to
costume designer Robert Fletcher on August 3, 1978 (reproduced in Susan
Sackett's "The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture") the rank of
Lieutenant JG did not exist during the 2270s (see:
Uniform Errors). This information
has been backed up by the movie itself when an Alien officer with one
broken sleeve stripe was referred to as "ensign".
Alien bridge officer
- The shoulder tabs for Fleet Admiral, Admiral, and Vice Admiral are
speculations on my part based on Rear Admiral Kirk's tabs. The Commodore tab was also featured in the
- The triangular insignia was worn by some TMP extras, but its meaning was never established. The connection with the rate of
Petty Officer is thus purely conjectural.
- The narrow solid stripe insignia was also worn by a couple of TMP
extras. It is too narrow for lieutenant and judging by Capt. Kirk's rank
tabs, an ensign should wear a narrow broken stripe. The connection with Crewman
2/C is speculation on my part and the Crewman 1/C insignia was created
by me to add more complexity to the rank scheme.
~ Images from
Wrap's Star Trek auction.