The required uniform of Citadel Fleet crew and officers is more than mere apparel. Each outfit is a self-contained, genetically-encrypted, bio-digital system capable of interfacing with all Fleet computers according to the wearer's security clearance. The standard systems built into each uniform include: sub-orbital communications link, energy fracturing lattice fabric, body temperature regulation, backup physical data port, computer interface projection screens and emergency life support.
The Emergency Life Support (ELS) system is designed to protect the wearer in multiple harsh environmental conditions, including the vacuum of space. A thin fabric hood is stored in the collar and when deployed has enough power to create a sealed head cover providing the wearer with 30 minutes of breathable air. The “faceplate” of the hood is made from a flexible and transparent material with a heads-up display. Similar gloves extensions can be pulled from the cuffs at the wrists. The uniform self-seals forming a closed survival environment.
Upload-able secondary systems can be incorporated, depending upon mission/task parameters, including targeting, biological and power signature scanners and analytics, piloting interfaces and long-range geo-mapping systems but these operations drain the suit’s power reserve at faster rates, thus are incorporated on an as-needed basis.
The uniforms are powered by a micro-stem symbiosis battery (MSB) structure built into the “strap” that comes up the front right side, around the back of the shoulders and across the left lapel. This power storage system wirelessly “absorbs” power from a Fleet ship or facility’s power core and even some environmental radiant energies (when away from their base of operation) and can store enough energy to power standard systems for one day (plus 30 minutes ELS).
Depicted in the images are the meeple icons for each of the uniform designs (except Skippers and Deputies) as they may appear in the mobile game.
Cadets (both commissioned and enlisted) wear uniforms of all black. The only way to distinguish an enlisted (civilian) cadet from their commissioned (citizen) peers is by their rank insignia (triangle pips for enlisted, pentagon pips for commissioned) and the color of the uniform accents - black for enlisted and white for commissioned.
When a cadet graduates from the training, either at a Fleet Academy or a field training facility, they are assigned to one of the seven divisions based upon their proven skills, training and talents.
REGULAR DUTY UNIFORMS
Enlisted CREW have a black undershirt and pants with a division-colored top shirt, gloves and boots and black MSB strap. Enlisted rank insignia utilize triangles to designate hierarchy.
If a crew member chooses to stay enlisted after their initial required five year tour of duty and have earned a grant of citizenship, they may choose to do so. If they stay in long enough and undergo command training, they may become warrant officers.
WARRANT Officers wear a division-colored undershirt with a black vest and gloves, division-colored MSB strap, boots and glove accents. Warrant Officer rank pips are four-sided diamonds.
Most Warrant Officers have already earned their grant of citizenship but have chosen a life dedicated to serving the Citadel Galaxy and its people. They are provided with command training (as every commissioned cadet receives in the Academy) and are able to lead missions, stand officer-on-watch duty and serve as department directors
Commissioned OFFICERS have the undershirts, gloves and boots in division colors with a black jacket, and division-colored MSB strap. Officer rank pips are pentagons.
Every officer receives command training at the Academy and is qualified to lead missions, stand officer-of-the-watch duty and to serve as department directors and executives.
Officers are granted their position in the Fleet by virtue of already being Citadel citizens when they join the service.
On large vessels, stations and installations where each department may have dozens, if not hundreds of individuals reporting to a Director, there is further stratification in the chain of command. Most frequently team leaders and sub-directors are positions filled by junior officers though Warrant Officers certainly might fill these positions and, in rare cases, experienced crewpers.
For example, let’s take a Health Division of 100 personnel - 20 Medics, 20 Counselors, 20 Bio-Chemists, 20 Zoologists and 20 Botanists - who are under the overall command of an EXECUTIVE . Drilling in specifically to the medical department that has 19 personnel and 1 DIRECTOR we might have 4 teams - 5 researchers, 4 field medics, 5 surgeons and 5 internists. Each team is supervised by a Skipper and in this scenario, the Medical Director acts as the Skipper for one of the teams while 4 other officers of lower rank than the Director will act as the other team Skippers.
In very large Divisions, each Department may be made up of dozens of teams and an additional layer of management is needed between the Skippers and the Director. Groups of Skippers report to sub-directors - Deputies - and each Deputy then reports to the Department Director who reports to the Division Executive.
Skippers are delineated with a single white stripe on each glove and boot. Deputies have booth stripes illuminated white.
Department Directors are given charge of specific departments onboard a ship or station. They report directly to their Division Executive. Directors may be Commissioned Officers or Warrant Officers.
Department Executives are the highest-ranking officers on a ship or station. Each one is in charge of an entire division and oversees their team of department directors. Usually one of the Executives will also serve as a ship or station’s 1st Officer. On particularly large vessels and stations the 1st Officer is an additional executive position.
Commanding Officers are the individuals placed in overall leadership of a vessel or station. The title of “Captain" is given to the C.O. of a ship and “Commandant” to the C.O. of a station.
The only difference in C.O. uniform from the Chief Executive Officer’s uniform is white pants. In extremely rare instances a Warrant Officer can been granted C.O. status of a small vessel or outpost in which case they retain the vest-style uniform and add white pants.