C.E. Evans wrote:
I can see where you're coming from and can even appreciate it, but I think the uniforms of that era was something of a homage to the navies of ancient Earth--in particular, the Old British Navy maybe--in which officers and enlisted did wear different uniforms.
Well, number one, it seems odd to want to pay homage to a system where social class defined the educational and occupational opportunities one could aspire to, which was reflected in the uniform differences. And two, why in the world would Starfleet one day decide to change in that direction? "You know what, our uniforms don't emphasize enough that there's a big status difference between officers and enlisted personnel. Let's fancy up the officers' dress and put the enlisted in their place."
But it is very military. Like it or not, no matter what any script says, Starfleet is military. It has to be in order to function.
Not anymore. Most military services today have adopted officer and enlisted uniforms that are identical or nearly so. The traditional naval sailor uniform is only seen on formal occasions; what's worn on normal duty differs only in insignia and small details. Modern day enlisted personnel are expected to be educated and skilled professionals, not brute labor and cannon fodder, and uniforms are reflecting that more and more.