A request forChristopher. I would love to see a novel that explains how ENT went from a Titan like mulricultural ship to a shipmanned by young recruits!
Well, I addressed the ship's change of mission profile in Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again
. When Kirk became Academy commandant in 2278, he accepted the promotion to admiral with the proviso that the Enterprise
would become his personal flagship under Spock's command, and would occasionally be used for special missions under Kirk's command. At other times it would serve as a research platform or Academy training vessel.
And in Orion's Hounds
I touched on the reasons why Willard Decker's "great experiment" with crew diversity didn't really catch on in the long run, which was due largely to inertia and falling back into old habits.