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Old November 1 2012, 10:56 AM   #54
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Re: Was it ever stated officially why Harry was an Ensign for 7 years?

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Promotion is only useful when there's somewhere to go when you're promoted.
Harry Kim to have received no promotion for seven years would have looked bad for his Starfleet career. The fact would permanently be noted in Kim's service record. When a officer remains at the very bottom of the rank scale for a protracted time period, there's a reason.

Janeway made the decision to maintain Kim where he was.

I sort of feel like future commanders looking at his service record and raising their eyebrows at the "Ensign for 7 years" part would most likely then see "U.S.S Voyager" printed right after it, and accept that as a pretty legitimate explanation. Everyone's going to know who the Voyagers were.
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