The United Nations Space Command flight suit is a standardized outfit suitable for life aboard a starship. Its design is primarily based on the United States Air Force flight suit, with modifications made to facilitate long-term habitation.
The uniform is a charcoal flight suit with a high, stiff collar. The color was chosen to highlight rank and other signifiers so they contrast even in the dark, though many joke that it's to provide camouflage in space. Large panel pockets are sewn into the breast area, the waist area, and the leg area. Smaller zippered pockets are sewn into the upper arm. Two pen pockets are sewn into the lower arm areas of each sleeve and lower leg areas. All stitching, to include all tags, rank, and the stitching that attaches these, is black in color except on specific patches and attachments like Officer rank tabs and UNSC Specialization patches. Specific exceptions include: Officer rank tabs, which have gold stitching for the rank itself. MOS symbols are stitched in a field-specific color .
The tradition of military patches continues in the UNSC flight suit to ease identification between personnel and promote esprit-de-corps. Instead of velcro patches, as in the United States Air Force flight suit, the decision was made to sew the patches directly to the suit. Any permanent promotions and awards are presented on Earth, so it was deemed unnecessary to modify the uniform while on duty.
- The member's name tag is sewn above the uppermost seam of the right breast pocket.
- The name of the member's duty ship or training unit is sewn above the left breast pocket.
- A Fleet or training organization patch is sewn vertically and horizontally centered on the left breast pocket.
- A flag or approved country-of-origin patch (if authorized) is sewn, as the Fleet patch, onto the right breast pocket.
- The member's Specialty patch is sewn onto each arm two (2) inches below the shoulder seam.
Officer Rank TabEdit
Officer rank is sewn onto the topmost part of the shoulder. Officer rank tabs are long rectangular pieces of black fabric that are three (3) inches long, and are the same length regardless of the physical size of the rank. The inner edge of the rank tab (nearest the neck) is sewn directly to the shoulder panel. The outer edge is folded under and sewn upside down (creating a loop) onto the seam of the shoulder. This loop should be visibly separated from the shoulder panel, but the gap may not exceed 2 centimeters. The rank must also be visible when viewed from the side and from straight on, regardless of whether the gap is within regulations. The rank shown is sewn in a reflective gold thread.
Officer Pilot PatchEdit
Enlisted Rank PatchEdit
Enlisted rank is sewn half an inch above, and centered on, the name tag on the right breast pocket. Like Officer Rank Tabs, Enlisted Rank patches are three (3) inches long regardless of the physical size of the rank they show. The rank shown is sewn in a reflective silver thread.
Enlisted Expertise PatchEdit
Enlisted members may be awarded small Expertise patches upon qualifying and earning standardized levels of proficiency within their Specialty. These patches are small symbols representing individual fields or tasks that the member has proven mastery of, and are sewn using thread of the same color as the Specialty patch. Expertise patches are sewn half of an inch above the duty ship or training unit patch on the left breast pocket. All Expertise patches must be centered and flish with eachother.
- Undershirt: A white or light/dark gray undershirt must be worn. The shirt should be plain, although it may show simple ship or organizational markings if those markings are not visible with the uniform on. A Captain may authorize other colors of undershirts while on-duty, though the white or gray shirt is still required for ceremonies and formations.
- Boots: Boots are plain, dark gray, suede leather combat boots with dark gray laces. Many designs are available.
- Headwear: Headwear is discouraged onboard, but all members must have a folded flight cap prepared for when on the ground. Caps are charcoal in color, and made of a stiffer fabric than the flight suit. Officer caps feature a gold stitching along the seams, while Enlisted caps are plain. Officer rank is sewn onto the right, topmost panel. The Captain may authorize the wear of a ship-branded baseball cap as well, which may be worn as normal, except for official ceremonies, where the flight cap is still required. The baseball cap must be black, with a singular ship, fleet, or organization patch at the front of the hat. The name and designation of the ship may optionally be sewn into the back of the hat at the Captain's discretion and expense. No unit funds may be used to purchase baseball caps.
- Bridge Officer Rope: Bridge Officers must wear a gold colored rope, which attaches to the left shoulder underneath the rank tab and loops underneath the arm. This rope must be worn while on bridge duty.
- Jewelry: Jewelry is discouraged while onboard, but not actively banned except in specific situations and when directed by the Captain or Commander. No more than two rings are permitted, with engagement and wedding ring pairs considered a single ring for this limitation. A necklace may be worn underneath the uniform so long as it does not show from beneath the collar. No jewelry may be worn if it interferes with duty. No jewelry may be worn when in any way working on or accessing the engines or weapons. No jewelry may be worn while preparing food.
- Utility Belts: Utility belts are available, and may be worn while actively working. They must be black or gray, kept in good condition, and the attachments must not interfere with duty.