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Old October 27 2012, 03:52 AM   #21
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Re: The characters and universe post-TOS

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but Kirk and Spock could've went onto other duties within Starfleet
Spock left Starfleet at some point previous to the movie, McCoy said " ... apparently for good."

Roddenberry's novel said Spock was on Vulcan for 2.8 seasons (however long that is) and that he left basically immediately after the Enterprise returned to Earth after the five year mission. So, Spock either resigned his commission, or he went into the reserves.

Theoretically, Spock could've continued working with Starfleet in a civilian capacity. But we're not really stuck following the novel and nothing in the film precludes Spock continuing to work after the end of the five-year mission.
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