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Main Article: Star Army of Yamatai
Main Article: Star Army of Yamatai
In mid-YE 35, an updated version of the jacket (Type 35A) was introduced that replaced the first version on production lines. It included increased functionality of the uniform; it appears identical to the original but gained the following intrinsic features:
In YE 41, the Star Army began phasing in the Type 35B Jacket, which is an environmentally-friendly version of the jacket which introduced a high-quality fabric made from 55% biodegradable polyester and 45% elastique Merino wool or similar high-end wool. For reference, it typically takes 1-5 years for wool to biodegrade in a landfill and 2-10 years for the chosen polyester. However, if properly cared for, the jacket can last a hundred years or more like most wool garments. The new blend is treated for radiation resistance, stain resistance, and insect resistance similarly to the Type 35A.
|Type 35||Synthetic||Original issue, YE 34-35|
|Type 35A||Synthetic||YE 35-Present|
|Type 35B||Poly/Wool Blend||YE 41-Present|
The Type 35 is a jacket with a high, rounded mandarin collar, shoulder straps, light blue piping, and a double-breasted design fastened with hidden metal snaps and covering a zipper that runs down the jacket's centerline. The pointed cut at the front bottom is traditional for soldiers of Yamatai and Nepleslia and is based on the Traditional Flak Vest. It is regal blue on the upper portion and sleeves, which is the color of the flag of the Yamatai Star Empire and on the bottom the color varies based on the soldier's occupation (see Star Army Uniform Colors). The lightweight synthetic or blended poly/wool fabric is resistant to stains, fire, radiation, insects, and sweat buildup.
A Star Army Hinomaru patch is sewn onto the right arm midway between the shoulder and the elbow. The upper left chest area can be optionally used to display Star Army Awards. Unit patches are authorized but optional.
There is a small yellow tag inside of the jacket with a Star Army Equipment Label that says when and where the jacket was made (usually at the Central Fleet Depot in Central Uesureya), as well as the jacket's size. On the reverse size it has laundry care instructions.
There are some authorized variations in the uniform to accommodate new features and different species.
A variant for winged personnel (such as Elysians) is available. It features a large V-shaped slit in the back that allows the wings to be displayed without exposing the back. There is a hook-and-pile fastener at the bottom of the V that keeps the triangular back flap in place.
The Type 35 Jacket is used as part of the duty uniform. It is normally worn over a T-Shirt. In the Class A Formal configuration it is worn with medals and awards and in the Class B Everyday configuration it is worn with decoration.
All versions of the jacket do not require any special washing procedures.
This section gives instructions on how ranks, patches, pins, and other symbols are worn on the uniform.
Medals are worn on the left side of the chest aligned vertically so that the highest medal touches an imaginary line between the two spots where the bottom of the sleeve meets the jacket torso, and horizontally aligned in the middle of the left half of the jacket torso. Rank pins are worn centered on and 2 centimeters above the medals with the fleet triangle roughly alighted with the blue/occupational color seam. Foreign awards can be worn on the opposite side from the medals.
For officers, the rank is on the lower sleeves and for enlisted, rank is on the left sleeve.
|above cuffs||between shoulder & elbow|
|gold bands||blue bands||red chevrons||green bars|
Note that officers and warrant officers have a fleet patch in the location where enlisted and NCOs have their rank patch. NCOs and enlisted soldiers do not wear a fleet patch.
Enlisted rank is on the upper left arm only, midway between the shoulder and the elbow.
Officer and warrant officer rank goes around the ends of both sleeves. For officer ranks, the gold rank insignia on the lower sleeves always has the thinner strips higher on the arm.
Rank pins are only worn in the “Class A Formal” configuration of this uniform. They are worn positioned over the left breast. For rank pin examples, see First Fleet Rank Pins. For information on ranks, see Star Army Ranks.
This section shows where to place patches and other items on the uniform.
The Star Army Hinomaru patch is on all Star Army of Yamatai uniforms.
Officer uniforms (only) may display a Star Army Fleet Patch on the left arm midway between the shoulder and the elbow.
Unit patches, as with previous uniforms, may optionally be worn above the Hinomaru on the shoulder and are based on the unit commander's preference. See: Starship Patch
Star Army Medical personnel have a red diamond patch on their left shoulder. This patch goes above patches for enlisted rank or fleet patches. Qualified medics may continue to wear this patch after changing occupations.
Here are the specified colors for the uniform:
For the color panel on the torso, see Star Army Uniform Colors.