In Star Trek Beyond, on Yorktown Station, Starfleet officers are wearing these dress uniform hats.

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Was this the only example of standard issue uniform head apparel?

(Non-uniform, species-specific, and protective/tactical equipment such as helmets don't count.)

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    Have to say I hate those hats. They make Star Fleet look imperialistic.
    – Tim
    Jan 10, 2017 at 19:29
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    @Tim It's a huge nation with a penchant for exploring in heavily armed craft, has a secret police who's charter is classified, and regularly wages war with other galactic powers. It's post-scarcity, but if the shoe fits...
    – Morgen
    Jan 11, 2017 at 4:33
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    @Tim: When TWOK came out, a friend of mine complained that the uniforms looked "too Soviet" - I thought they were awesome (and one of the few uniform styles that clearly distinguished officer from crew). However, I'll agree that these are a bit on the ... shall we say, hard side? Like more at home on the Death Star then the Enterprise?
    – John Bode
    Jan 11, 2017 at 15:51

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The prison guard in Star Trek III:

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Also, from TOS, The Cage we see a hat, though do not see anyone wearing it:

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Finally (and possibly slightly less canonically), these must be Starfleet issue since the whole bridge crew has the same hat:

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(This is a joke. This is a well-known photoshopped image. Discussion of it is on this question.)

Images courtesy of this Reddit discussion.

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    Mentioned in the same reddit discussion, this Jan 10, 2017 at 6:48
  • I would be more inclined to accept this answer if it removed the joke portion, or at least made it very clear it isn't a serious part of the answer. Jan 10, 2017 at 15:19
  • @ThePopMachine I think it's pretty clear it's a joke... you can edit to make it more clear if you like.
    – Bamboo
    Jan 10, 2017 at 15:28
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    "The last one looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time."
    – Agent_L
    Jan 10, 2017 at 15:34
  • @Agent_L To my eyes, the first one looks even more shopped!
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jan 10, 2017 at 16:01

Do headbands count as hats?

Nog was seen wearing a Ferengi-style headband (earband?) in several episodes. Not sure exactly which episodes these screenshots are from, though.

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From Memory Alpha, here's a photo of a flag officer from the same era in the Kelvin timeline as in your original question wearing a cap in a different style:

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I also found this example from ST:Enterprise. It's part of the desert uniform. enter image description here

Here's a better image from Memory Alpha: enter image description here

And a description of when it's worn:

Available for use with the excursion uniform and standard duty uniform was a black hat, embroidered with the specific registry number of the wearer's home assignment. Made of stretchable material, these hats were essentially one-size-fits-all "baseball caps." While these caps were generally worn during away missions, some officers wore theirs aboard ship.

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    No, because this counts as a species-specific exception. Ensign Ro also wrote a headband, which I won't count. Jan 10, 2017 at 6:24
  • Was Ro's headband a species-specific exception? I don't recall any other Bajorans wearing anything similar.
    – miltonaut
    Jan 10, 2017 at 6:31
  • Fair point. But we never saw it anywhere else, and she had the earring, so I always assumed it was supposed to be a Bajoran thing, even if that was never carried forward to DS9. Jan 10, 2017 at 6:46
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    I want that NX-01 hat. Jan 10, 2017 at 14:48
  • It could be argued that the cap qualifies as protective/tactical equipment -- particularly since one is camouflage and the other is paired with the shades. Jan 10, 2017 at 14:58

There's also this unfortunate bit of headgear from ST:TMP:

"Just...give me a red shirt, already. It's not like I'll be any less dead by the end of the day."


I just noticed the "protective/tactical equipment such as helmets don't count" restriction, and this definitely falls into that category. But it was also part of the standard issue security duty uniform (if for all of 10 minutes of 1 movie), so I think it should count.

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    I think that this would fall under "protective/tactical equipment such as helmets don't count". Jan 11, 2017 at 17:29

I feel I should offer this answer for completeness. In the question, I asked about cases besides in Star Trek Beyond.

Actually, these formal uniform hats, as well as the matching admirals' version, plus those worn by some support of honor guard are prominently shown in Star Trek Into Darkness during Pike's funeral:


There is also Worf's promotion scene at the start of Generations.

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  • Not sure that counts as "Starfleet issued". You think it does?
    – Samuel
    Jan 10, 2017 at 20:40
  • No -- it's not just a question about whether anyone ever wore a hat... Jan 10, 2017 at 21:07
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    It's a uniform, and a special occasion, for which we have a sample size of of 1. I don't think we can tell. The real WTF of this scene are Troi's high-heel boots.
    – sauron496
    Jan 10, 2017 at 22:23
  • i don't see why people are hating this answer Jan 23, 2017 at 6:12

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