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Old January 3 2009, 12:42 AM   #15
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Re: Kirk's status, new timeline- Really so far off? (Contains spoilers

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So yes, it is possible for a young Lieutenant made acting First Officer by a Captain, and later acting Captain (after relieving a former first officer who wasn't up to the task) to be left in command.
Possible for a *lieutenant*, yes. But not for a bloody cadet.
Well- Kirk was an academy graduate, which means he WAS a Lt.
AFAIK, he hasn't graduated yet. And even so, who have we ever seen graduate as a Lieutenant? There's no evidence that this happened to Kirk - in either timeline.

And again, such things were much more common in the navies of old, which is what Trek is closer to.
And again as well...Starfleet is much closer to the current US Navy than to those old systems.
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