sunnyside wrote:I just think of it as a Janeway thing. Keeping the pecking order intact. I mean she couldn't promote herself to admiral or anything.
And it made for a bit of drama.
I suppose I figured they'd get caught up once/if they got back.
Well, IF Starfleet had some sort of regulation that requires HQ to promote people (which is probably not the case since Janeway did demote Paris, but maybe that was a temp thing) then I can see that. However, with contact with Earth in the later seasons we should have seen many people promoted if there was such a regulation. However there are things such as field promotions.
The funny thing is Kim is a 'senior officer' perhaps taking over a unmentioned previous senior officer who was killed by the Caretaker array. I say this because it makes no sense to have an ensign right out of the Academy being put in a position of authority over even higher ranking officers regardless of how gifted he is. In other words, Kim should have been at least a Lt. Junior Grade which is still too low ranking IMO.
Then again in the US Navy, there are a bunch of Captains. CO, XO, Engineering Officer, CAG, DCAG and so forth in aircraft carriers. A ship like a Galaxy class or even Kirk's Enterprise I can see such a thing, but I guess you can make a case for having less senior officers in smaller ships like a Intrepid class. But having an Ensign in charge of a department? Fuck no. Again, in the US Navy the best an Ensign can hope to be in charge of is the 1st Lieutentant (Janitors) where the broke and useless go.
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