Arshan Military Uniform
The standard issue uniforms of the United Arshan Federation's military.
The uniforms of the United Arshan Federation's military follow the same functional and simple design philosophy of the Arshan style. There are multiple uniforms provided by the military, with allowances in specific situations for personnel to wear job or task specific clothing, such as medical scrubs for medical personnel performing sterile operations.
While each Arshan uniform has some differences in appearance and intended function, they also have common markings and usage of specific colors. Some uniforms, for example, have a colored trim representing the wearer’s squadron and an accented shoulder representing the wearer’s command rank tier. The uniforms can also have name, unit, and squadron patches; Rank stripes on the sleeves; and rank and command tier insignia on the color. The Combat Duty Uniform is the main exception to the presence of markings and insignia – This uniform is meant to make it as difficult to identify ‘key targets’ for hostile forces as possible.
Present on all uniforms except the Combat Duty Uniform, the squadron trim exists to easily differentiate between members of different squadrons while in uniform. This trim is typically ¾ inch and follows the seams and/or hem of the uniform, but this can vary between uniform regulations.
A black trim, or lack of trim, indicates a uniform that is worn be an unaffiliated or non-military person. Typically, this is only seen with government officials, political figures, or civilians attending formal government-sponsored events. In such cases, these persons are usually wearing the Service Dress Uniform.
The current list of squadrons and their respective trim colors is to the right:
Command Tier/Shoulder Accent
The shoulder accent is present on all uniforms except the Combat Duty Uniform. This exists as an area of color on the uniforms right shoulder which designates a command tier and exists to easily identify the leadership present in a specific location. The accent is intended to cover the area from the upper chest, upper back, and upper shoulder, to be easily identifiable from all directions. Shown below, from left to right, are the colors used for tiers 0 through 5, respectively:
Unit & Squadron Patches
All uniforms include squadron patches on the right shoulder and unit patches on the left shoulder. These circular patches are approximately 7 cm in diameter with a small colored trim matching the squadron color on the uniforms. The squadron patches consist of the Arshan emblem set in a dark gray-black field, with the only distinction between squadrons being the trim color. Unit patches consist of a unit, ship, fleet, district, etc. emblem - Whichever is most relevant to the wearer's assigned duties - and, where applicable, a unit number stitched over the emblem in white-gray. 1 cm below these patches are gray rectangular 'name' patches of a width equal to the circular patch that contains the unit, ship, fleet, district, etc. name and, if applicable, the unit number.
On the combat duty uniform, color patches are replaced with black or grayscale outline variants to reduce visibility while keeping the unit designations visible.
Rank Stripes & Insignia
Main article: Arshan Military Ranks
With the exception of combat duty uniforms, which are intended to make it more difficult for enemies to identify high-value targets, all Arshan uniforms include rank markings. These generally take the form of horizontal 'seniority stripes' on both shoulders and 'command insignia' on the collar. The seniority stripes are situated 2 cm below the unit and squadron patches and are 1 cm in width. The stripes extend 9 cm in length. On the Utility Duty Uniform, the stripes wrap around the entire arm to make them visible from the front and back. Command insignia take the form of individual 'pips' pinned to the left collar in a row on the general duty uniforms, and a series of vertical bars on the service dress uniforms. Utility uniforms have no collar insignia.
Shown to the right is a to-scale example of the patch and stripes layout on a uniform sleeve. Note that the patches are centered on the trim for the service dress uniform, or the seam for the general duty uniform which lacks trim along the sleeve. The positioning and spacing of the patches and stripes is the same on both sleeves for the service dress, general duty, and utility uniforms with one exception - The rank stripes wrap all the way around the sleeves on the utility duty uniform.
Hats & Covers
While the Arshan military does not have specific requirements to wear or not wear hats and covers with the military uniforms, such accessories are allowed. Typically, these are in the form of berets that represent membership with a specific division, unit, branch, fleet, or other military sub-organization within the Federation. Specific Arshan regulation states that "While uniform covers are universally optional, a personnel's superior commander may declare specific covers mandatory or banned with certain uniforms." As a common example, a squad commander may decide to require his squad wear their unit's berets with their service dress uniforms.
The United Arshan Federation fields various uniforms intended for specific uses or functions. The four most common of these uniforms are the Service Dress (SDU), General Duty (GDU), Utility Duty (UDU), and Combat Duty (CDU) uniforms. Generally, all personnel are issued a Service Dress and General Duty uniform, with other uniform variants also being issues if that person’s duties require them.
Service Dress Uniform SDU
Main article: Arshan Service Dress Uniform
The Service Dress Uniform is the formal wear uniform provided to all UAF personnel, both military and non-military, and is only permitted for use during specific occasions or events including drill, inspections, funerals, award and promotion ceremonies, and formal functions. The Service Dress uniform is also typically worn by UAF ambassadors, government officials, and their escorts while performing their duties. The uniform consists of a service dress coat, an undershirt (Typically a t-shirt or tank top), a pair of slacks, and a pair of undecorated, polished black leather shoes. The uniform is typically referred to, unofficially, as the 'Formals'.
General Duty Uniform GDU
Main article: Arshan General Duty Uniform
The General Duty Uniform serves as the 'default' uniform worn by all personnel not operating in a battlefield, combat, or utility role, or not otherwise granted an allowance to wear other clothing due to their duties. The uniform has similar components to the Service Dress Uniform, with the only changes being in the jacket and insignia worn. Common nicknames for the uniform include 'Blacks'.
Utility Duty Uniform UDU
Main article: Arshan Utility Duty Uniform
Worn by engineers, custodians, and other similar workers, the Utility Duty Uniform is designed for utility and safety when working with heavy machinery and is generally very easy to clean. The uniform is intended to have no metal and no loose hanging parts for added safety. Typically, the Utility Dress Uniform is called the 'Yutes'.
Combat Duty Uniform CDU
Main article: Arshan Combat Duty Uniform
While technically not a single uniform, the term Combat Duty Uniform is applied to all variations of active combat wear fielded by the Federation. The exact equipment worn varies widely depending on climate, role, and any special requirements in a combat zone. Combat uniforms are typically solid colors combined with a camoflage pattern utilizing thin stripes of varying colors and shades. Combat assignments that are not concerned with camoflage use a solid neutral gray color with no camoflage pattern. The Combat Duty Uniform is commonly referred to as 'Camos' or 'Cammies'.