Is the Royal Air Force turning to Star Trek for uniform ideas?
The Royal Air Force is preparing for a change in its uniforms. According to the Times (behind a paywall), an Internal Ministry of Defence document shows plans for a new uniform because of what it considers a need for change. The current service dress uniforms haven’t been updated since the 1980s. But what the Ministry is seeing as a change, RAF members are seeing as something to ridicule, and social media is abuzz, saying the new design looks like it was taken straight from Star Trek.
A parody/satire Twitter account called RAF_Luton, which calls itsself “The assumed Official Twitter account of the world’s most mysterious & secret (and fictitious) military base,” shared a picture that might be vaguely familiar to Star Trek fans. The caption indicated it was an image of RAF personnel proudly showing off their new uniforms.
Star Trek fans are onboard with the comparison of the RAF uniforms
The Dailymail.co.uk shared images of the proposed changes and even got in on the mockery of the uniforms, titling its coverage of the news “Spock the difference!” The photos show that the uniforms include a unisex utility suit made up of cargo pants, boots, a polo neck top, and belt. Honestly, the uniforms look more like what the MACOs wore on Star Trek: Enterprise than anything Spock ever donned.
The changes aren’t set in stone, though, as an RAF spokesman was quick to point out that they were in the early stages of “exploring possible changes to uniform to ensure it meets the requirements of our next generation Royal Air Force and are considering a number of options, however, no decisions have been made.’
Perhaps the feedback from its service members might dissuade the RAF from moving forward with these plans. If not, the RAF might want to get used to the Vulcan salute.