The Wormhole wrote:
...it's unfortunately another example of the movie's desire to look good over making sense.
Yeah, like McCoy's aforementioned uniform variation in TOS. More important to look good in 1966 than to make sense.
Sadly, Abrams and his Cohorts are in this only to make a buck, not to be realistic in any definition of the word.
The first statement isn't so, and the second...well, there's nothing realistic about Star Trek's
costuming, attitude toward rank or the military. Never has been for a moment.