In Fleet 31, a Cadet is a member who joins under the age of 18. This designation affords them a measure of respect, while acknowledging both that they have the same potential as adults to make a difference, and that they still have much to learn.
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Yellow: Engineering, Security
Teal: Sciences, Medical
Badge and Pips
Pips are the lozenge-shaped pins seen on TNG Cadets, and are to be worn on the right side of the collar, vertically centered between the parallel top and bottom edges, with the first pip placed roughly 3/4″ away from the center edge of the collar, with 1/8″ between pips moving outward toward the side of the neck from the front. If the rank called for requires a black/hollow pip, that pip is to be placed last in the chain.
Yoke and Collar
The yoke should extend down to a height one-half the distance between the top of the shoulder and the bottom of the sleeve hole. Whereas in the TNG Cadet uniform the yoke would be a single piece of fabric, due to the overlap that is not possible here. Therefore, the yoke is split along a seam at the top of the shoulder, running from the sides of the collar to the top center of each sleeve. The height of the division color section on the upper sleeve is determined by the height of the yoke on the main torso; the lower tip forms a 90-degree angle which radiates outward along straight lines to meet the lower edges of the main torso yoke, with the upper edge defined by the upper limit of the sleeve.
Unlike the TNG Cadet uniform, in which the yoke and torso appear to be a single layer joined at the seams, this uniform places the yoke over the torso sections as a second layer, both to decrease the amount of labor necessary in production, and to evoke the feeling of the F31 Monster Grays.
This uniform has a 1″ stripe of the division color fabric layered over the sleeve, with the lower edge of the stripe placed 2″ above the end of the sleeve.
The back belt loop is worn in the center of the back at navel level. It is trapezoidal in shape, with the top edge measuring 3″, the bottom edge measuring 2″, and total height being 2-1/4″. Unlike the back belt loop of the F31 Monster Grays, this belt loop is not quilted. It should be attached such that the loop is flat to the back using a black top-stitch as close to the edge as possible.
This uniform uses four #4 snaps between the overlapping body layers:
- Hidden below the collar, just left of the center, such that when the uniform is worn in its open position, the flap creates a triangle with the top point at the horizontal center of the body and does not disturb the collar.
- Just medial to the left side belt loop, such that any bulge from the snap is hidden under the belt.
- Just medial to the right side belt loop, such that any bulge from the snap is hidden under the belt.
- On the right edge of the front body panel, such that when the uniform is worn in its open position and the first snap is properly placed, the triangle created is a right triangle.
Comparison to Fleet 31 Monster Grays
This uniform was designed with budget in mind. For starters, the jacket has a standing collar like the uniforms used in TNG season 3 through Generations, which ultimately serves to help cut out the division color shirt under the jacket. By cutting out the shoulder strap and shirt, the amount of labor and materials needed are both reduced, and by replacing the gray wool with the division color fabric, we can further reduce the cost of materials. All of this is important considering that many members in the Cadet age range are still growing.
Unlike the standard version, the yoke is not quilted, although the cuff stripes are still 1″ in width regardless of the size of the uniform. The inside of the outer flap should be black, although whether or not that requires another layer of black suiting to hide the stitching will depend on the skills of the maker.