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In 'First Contact', La Forge makes reference to the crew of the Enterprise-E having been in space for over a year by that point. Given that the revised ST:FC Starfleet uniforms (grey shoulders) were introduced in 'First Contact', and we have an opportunity to observe Starfleet uniform protocol in the year preceding 'First Contact' (by watching 'DS9' and noting when the uniforms change), is it reasonable to assume that Picard and co. spent some time on board the E, rocking the uniforms from the TNG TV era?

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I was correctly reminded that in 'Generations' we saw a gradual shift from the 'TNG' TV-era uniforms to the 'DS9'-style uniforms.

However, my question is now: "is it reasonable to assume that Picard and co. spent some time on board the E, rocking the uniforms from the 'Generations'/'DS9' era?"

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Yes

In Star Trek Generations, we see the uniform has changed from the TNG TV Era (image 1) to a uniform more resembling the uniforms worn at first on DS9 (image 2)

Starfleet uniforms from the TNG TV Era changed four times:

  1. Starfleet uniform Type A (2353-2367/2370) (TNG TV Era)

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  1. Starfleet uniform Type B (2366 - end of the decade) (TNG TV Era)

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  1. Starfleet uniform (late 2360s-2372) (Generations)

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  1. Starfleet uniform (2370s) (First Contact onwards)

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Now, the Enterprise-E was launched in 2372, stardate 49827.5 with Picard assuming control shortly thereafter (Source). According to Memory Alpha, the Starfleet Uniform was modified to the last of the three (i.e. the 'grey' uniforms) in 2373. As the Enterprise-E was launched a year prior to that re-design, yes, the crew of the Enterprise-E would have spent some time 'rocking' in the Generations-style uniform for about a year.

  • +1! Minor point: in the background of the Generations shot, several crew are still wearing the old uniforms, namely Worf and Troi. – Praxis Aug 8 '15 at 5:47
  • @Praxis good pick-up: your wish is my command! – Often Right Aug 8 '15 at 5:50
  • Hehe. Your answer has gone from excellent to perfect. – Praxis Aug 8 '15 at 5:51
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    I always thought it was nice that they had both the TNG TV uniforms and the DS9 uniforms in Generations. Riker notably starts the film with one and ends with the other. I like that better than a sudden across-the-board change of uniform. Here, you get the sense that Starfleet gives officers some leeway during a uniform transition period. – Praxis Aug 8 '15 at 5:54
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    @ThruGog -- apparently the real US military does the same piecemeal change of uniforms, see the answers from Jimmie Ray Giboney and anoxm to this question. – Hypnosifl Aug 8 '15 at 21:35

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