In TNG and DS9, Starfleet members and soldiers/officers in the Bajoran militia use long distance communicators shaped like the symbols of the organizations they serve attached to their uniforms- do military/security forces of any other nations use similar devices?

  • Does Odo count? He appears to be wearing a Bajoran militia outfit, complete with combadge, but he's not a member of the Bajoran militia. He just looks like that because he was mimicking the Bajoran scientist who found him. (Side-note: always found it odd that his combadge, which is not part of him or it probably wouldn't be functional, morphed with him somehow...) Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 13:39
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    @DarrelHoffman - Odo absolutely is a member of the Bajoran Militia
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 16:26
  • @Valorum Not always - during the Cardassian occupation, Odo was still Chief of Security, which the Cardassians surely would not have allowed if he were a member of the Bajoran Militia (which they considered to be a terrorist organization). He also retained that position when the Cardassians retook the station for a while - notably the only person allowed that leeway as all the Bajoran officers were kicked out. In all that time though, he kept his Bajoran combadge. Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 17:14
  • @DarrelHoffman apparently he indeed morphed a functional combadge.
    – OrangeDog
    Commented Oct 16, 2021 at 15:08

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The Klingons used a couple of different combadge styles.

This kind seen several times in TNG.
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And this from the film Generations. enter image description here

Interestingly, the website Roddenberry.com (seller of 'officially licensed" Star Trek props and merchandise) sold a set of 'alien combadges'.

This is a 1:1 scale prop of five alien badges used on STAR TREK: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. This set includes the Klingon and Romulan badges, as well as badges used by alien races: Prytt, Angosian, Hierarchy and Ledosian. The badge set also includes an attractive display plaque comes painted in a metallic finish.

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  • So the badges cling on to the sleeve instead of the shirt?
    – Machavity
    Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 13:28
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    The one from Generations looks like it's a repurposed Klingon elevator call button... Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 13:42
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    @DarrelHoffman - Klingons had to deal with 'low bidder wins the contract' as much as everyone else...
    – Jon Custer
    Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 14:00
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    At the end of this clip you can see a Klingon using his arm based com badge youtube.com/watch?v=_o4GJdHsRH0
    – Mike
    Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 18:16
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    their badges can cling-on anything
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 18:59

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