Military Uniform (Arshan)

Written by Sierra Brown.
Concept artwork and some design ideas are thanks to HiredClaws.

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.

 

Markings

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.

 

Squadron Trim

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:

Color Swatch - UAF Squadrons (Vertical, Small)
Black No squadron/affiliation Blue Echo Squadron Red Foxtrot Squadron Orange Delta Squadron Green Tango Squadron Yellow Zulu Squadron Purple Kilo Squadron White Alpha Squadron

 

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:

 
Color Swatch - UAF Command Tiers
 

Unit & Squadron Patches

Uniform Shoulder Patch - Foxtrot Squadron
Uniform Shoulder Patch - Foxtrot Squadron by Sierra Brown

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: Military Ranks (Arshan)

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.

Arshan Service Dress Coat Left Sleeve Reference
Arshan Service Dress Coat Left Sleeve Reference by Sierra Brown

 

Accessories

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.

 

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'.


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Cover image: Arshan Military Uniform by Sierra Brown & HiredClaws

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19 May, 2018 17:54

So what does each color stand for?

19 May, 2018 23:23

I'll add a section to better explain that after dinner tonight, but to summarize:   Trim colors designate a squadron, while shoulder colors designate 'command tier' (The UAF Ranks article describes how the tier system works - https://www.worldanvil.com/w/galaxies-end-SierraKomodo/a/uaf-military-ranks-article )   The squadron colors are: - Black/Absent: No squadron or affiliation - Blue: Echo Squadron (Special/Covert Operations) - Red: Foxtrot Squadron (Army) - Orange: Delta Squadron (Navy) - Green: Tango Squadron (Aerostar Superiority) - Yellow: Zulu Squadron (Defensive forces/national guard) - Purple: Kilo Squadron (Civilian logistical psueo-military department) - White: Alpha Squadron (Elite forces)   And for tiers, the bar of colors above the shoulder, from left to right, shows the colors designated for each tier from 0 (Black/unmarked) to 5 (White)

20 May, 2018 02:59

Cool, thanks!

20 May, 2018 16:41

There's now a full section describing the markings :D

6 Aug, 2018 04:57

(Random Sidenote: bbcode works within comments)

5 Aug, 2018 23:19

Now, this isn't something you see all that often, and it looks good too. And now I want to do it. Formatting is brilliant, it really adds to the article. I was going to ask why there was a color for civilians, but poking around answered that, so... job well done.

6 Aug, 2018 01:02

Yeah, any question regarding 'civilian' is always an odd one when it comes to the UAF since everyone is technically military personnel in one form or another, even if it's retired or political and not affiliated with a main squadron.

6 Aug, 2018 03:36

The Formatting on this article is amazing.I Love how you used the colors as a way to separate each squadron. I do wonder how each of the colors was chosen and if any new colors will be added in the future. What was the first color that was created ?.   Overall a good article!

6 Aug, 2018 03:52

Are you asking from an in-world standpoint, or as a writer? Because in universe, all of the colors came about at the same time, when the color-based separation system was instated as part of the national standardization moves started by the previous Director of Internal Affairs. As a writer? The first one was actually Zulu Squadron's, which was originally just going to be the colors of the military as a whole, before it eventually evolved into this.

 

It's not likely there'll be anything new added - There isn't any real room for any more specialized military or civilian groups to fall under that could be covered by a specific color, and the Federation's run out of primary and secondary colors to use for these things.

6 Aug, 2018 04:57

Very thorough! One note: I think seh-dews and see-dews are just a bit close together in spelling and pronunciation that, at least in a story, it might get a bit difficult to remember which is which as a reader.

6 Aug, 2018 05:10

That's a fair point. Tbh, I'm thinking I might scrap the `-dews` nomenclature entirely - It's not likely to be used over the more descriptive terms like Formals, Cammies, Yutes, and Blacks.