C.E. Evans wrote:
And wouldn't most admirals of Kirk's rank have access to classified material upon request?
Not unless it's considered necessary for them to do their jobs. Project Genesis was a delicate situation, a commandant may know of it but wouldn't have access to hard data regarding the project.
I disagree. Within Starfleet, it seems if you have a high enough security clearance, you can access pretty much anything, especially if you're a flag officer.
I think there's more than enough evidence to support the idea of Kirk as being with the Academy by the time of Star Trek II.