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Old December 6 2011, 04:04 AM   #17
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Re: Can Data only receive order from Riker (& up) ?

TNG itself is a little unclear on this point, as Troi had to take a test to become qualified as a bridge officer, but during "Disaster" is deferred to by the far more qualified (in military terms) Ro and O'Brien ... so it's a little unclear what she gains when she passes the test in "Thine Own Self," besides the rank of commander.

It's interesting that in M*A*S*H, a fictionalized and extremely un-military medical corps, even the most un-military character are usually referred to as Captains Pierce and McIntyre (or Captains Pierce and Hunnicutt, depending on the season).
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