Admiral M wrote:
I'd rather that Star Trek mirrored real-world military sometimes. In the sense that in real-world military, rank is greatly determined by years of service.
On the other hand, the problem with real-world precedents in Trek is that you're only talking about one world. Lots of people complain that Starfleet is too Earth-dominated and doesn't show enough signs of the influence of the alien cultures that co-founded the Federation. So maybe Starfleet practice shouldn't be too exact a parallel to the real-world, i.e. Earth, military. Maybe the reason it isn't is because there are Vulcan and Andorian and Tellarite influences in the way it deals with rank, position, and promotion.