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Old November 24 2008, 12:48 AM   #139
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Re: So Cadet to Captain in what... a week?!

Logical Leopard wrote: View Post
Riker could have been Captain in six years apparently
Six years from what? When we first meet Riker, we have no idea how old he is or how long he's been in Starfleet.

and Harry Kim stays an Ensign for seven.
Mostly because they were so far away that they couldn't be promoted. I don't think Janeway has the authority to do it herself. (Starfleet did, OTOH, promote a lot of them two steps in rank when they returned home, to make up for lost time. That's why Kim is a full Lieutenant, Tom Paris is a LCDR, etc.).
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