came before the Farragut
; Kirk was an ensign aboard the former and a lieutenant aboard the latter. We know the Farragut
lost its captain 11 years before "Obsession," or around 2256-7. Kirk was in command of the Enterprise
by 2265. That's eight years to get from lieutenant on the Farragut
to captain on the Enterprise
, which doesn't seem too unreasonable considering that Kirk was supposed to be the youngest captain in Starfleet history (according to The Making of Star Trek
, though never stated in canon). And it's consistent with other characters' Starfleet records; Will Riker was offered his first command only seven years out of the Academy.