R. Star wrote:
I always figured Ro was ready to "defer" to O'brien not because of his rank, but because he was the man who'd been around and would know what to do in a crisis. She's pretty much repeatedly demonstrated she has little use for the chain of command.
O'brien played the part of a knowledable noncom pretty much running the show by virtue of leading an ignorant officer along with his "suggestions" and what not.
I'm not military, but my understanding is that NCOs like O'Brien who have a wealth of experience in the service command a certain level of respect from officers who technically outrank them. Ro - or Nog, once he becomes an Ensign - do supercede O'Brien in the chain of command, but nevertheless any young officer who fails to listen to a much older NCO is seen as foolhardy.
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