^ Is Kirk saying it to McCoy? I thought it was Spock.
As for Kirk being a 'magnetic' leader: Of course he is. And apparently he's lucky enough to turn out that way too even in the alternate timeline.
But that doesn't mean he can just skip over all the intervening ranks. He has to spend *some* time as an Ensign, Lieutenant JG, Lieutenant, LCDR, etc. Those ranks are there to be used. You don't just skip ranks - that doesn't make sense. And it *definitely* doesn't make sense for a Cadet to go straight to Captain - not even if it's Kirk