The Type 32 Star Army Cap is a type of sailor cap worn by soldiers of the Star Army of Yamatai. It is sometimes referred to as a “tally cap.” After the Star Army Hinomaru, it is the most recognizable symbol of the Star Army and has become a symbol of national pride.
In mid-YE 36, the caps started being made with black silk interiors instead of white ones the help mask the effects of oil and dirt from contact with hair. But in YE 39 hats with white silk interiors returned to make it easier to use leftover white silk from making the Star Army Coat, Type 32. Currently both versions are made.
The cap consists of a flat, soft regal blue (Hex color #223460) wool top and a firmer stretchable band that snugly but gently holds it in place on the head. Around the band there is a black ribbon (a tally) with STAR ARMY in gold capital letters. The interior of the hat is lined with white (YE 32-YE 36) or black (YE 36 and later) silk inside and contains a wide black elastic chin strap that can be worn down in windy conditions. The hat retains its shape well even after being stuffed in a duffel bag or cargo pocket.
There is a small yellow tag inside of the cap with a Star Army Equipment Label that says when and where the cap was made (usually at the Central Fleet Depot in Central Uesureya), as well as the cap's size. On the reverse size it has laundry care instructions.
It is also still authorized, but no longer standard, to show a soldier's current starship name on the ribbon. In that case, the following applies: Around the band a black ribbon is worn, bearing the name of the soldier's starship or assignment in gold capital letters. Ships with Yamataigo (邪馬台語) names may have the kanji, katakana, or hiragana on the ribbon rather than a romanization. Symbols are not allowed on the cap's name ribbon. The ribbon should be switched if a soldier changes station; unassigned soldiers or soldiers in training must use the standard ribbon that reads STAR ARMY.
The Star Army Service Dress Cap is used by both enlisted personnel and officers with the duty uniform (with or without the black coat) while outdoors on planets where environmental protection is not required and inside starships and bases only during ceremonies or while carrying weapons while on guard duty. The cap is not worn indoors or aboard ships during normal starship operations. The cap should not be worn with the exercise uniform.