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Commodore Strickland

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.


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.

Sleeve stripe insigniaEdit

grade command division operations division sciences division gray uniforms (multidivisional) service jacket
(all divisions)
cadet/trainee 2240s cadet sleeve[1]
enlisted/general wear 2250s conn sleeve[2] 2250s cmd green sleeve[3] 2250s ops sleeve[4] 2260s ops sleeve[3] 2250s sci sleeve[5] Gray sleeve 2250s enlisted jacket[6]
chief 2250s conn chief sleeve[3] 2250s cmd green chief sleeve[3] 2250s ops chief sleeve[7] 2250s red ops chief sleeve[3] 2250s sci chief sleeve[3] Gray chief sleeve 2250s officer jacket[6]
ensign 2250s conn sleeve[8] 2250s cmd green sleeve[3] 2250s ops sleeve[4] 2260s ops sleeve 2250s sci sleeve[5] Gray sleeve
officer 2250s conn officer sleeve[9] 2250s cmd green officer sleeve[3] 2250s ops officer sleeve[10] 2250s red ops sleeve[3] 2250s sci officer sleeve[11] Gray officer sleeve
captain 2250s conn captain sleeve[12] 2250s cmd green capt sleeve[3] 2250s ops captain sleeve[13] 2250s red ops capt sleeve[3] 2250s sci captain sleeve[3] Gray capt sleeve
flag officer 2250s conn admiral sleeve[14] 2250s cmd green adm sleeve[15] 2250s ops admiral sleeve[3] 2250s red ops adm sleeve[3] 2250s sci admiral sleeve[3] Gray flag sleeve



These insignia 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.


Federation Starfleet rank eras
Ufp-emblem 2160s2230s2240s-2260s2260s2270s2278-2350s2350s-2360s2360s-2370s2370s-2380s2386-2400s29th centuryalternate histories: alternate reality 2250salternate reality 2390s/2400s Starfleet Command logo
See also: Federation Starfleet ranksUnited Earth Starfleet ranksMACO ranks


  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 Combinations of division colors and sleeve insignia from other sources suggested by source material.
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.M. Colt. (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  5. 5.0 5.1 Valdini. (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  6. 6.0 6.1 landing party. (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  7. Garrison. (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  8. J.M. Colt (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  9. Number One (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  10. Jose Tyler (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  11. Spock (TOS episode: "The Cage")
  12. James T. Kirk (TOS episode: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")
  13. Ramart. (TOS episode: "Charlie X")
  14. Admiral Heihachiro Nogura (TOS comic: "Debt of Honor"), Commodore Strickland (EV comic: "Futures, Part One")
  15. 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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