Red Ranger wrote:
Since a lot of you are talking about the Kobayashi Maru scenario, which of course didn't enter TOS lore till TWOK, I just wanted to remind you all of something Kirk said about the incident. When he explains to Saavik and the others how he won, he points out he "got a commendation for original thinking." You don't get a commendation and a reprimand at the same time. It's possible some higher-ups were pissed off at Kirk's actions, but someone in the chain of command must've approved of Kirk's solution in order for him to get a commendation. In the original timeline, of course! -- RR
hmm i could see certain circumstances were one would get a commendation but overall have a negative review.
think of the end of voyage home.