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Old November 9 2012, 09:43 AM   #10
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Re: Thine Own Self mistake?

The Valeyard wrote: View Post
At that time, Data had not taken the test to become a full Commander. So, Deanna outranked him.
Data was obviously already qualified as a bridge command officer in the first episode, he was the second officer of the ship. LaForge, while still a lieutenant, was a qualified bridge command officer as well. It's not clear when Worf obtained this rating, certainly prior to his taking command of the Defiant for the first time.

I think Data remained a lieutenant commander for as long as he did because of his actions in Pen Pal.

Pavonis wrote: View Post
I suspect that Troi's taking of the test and her subsequent promotion aren't directly related.
Maybe not, Deanna may have hit a barrier in terms of her career advancement. She couldn't climb above lieutenant commander while being "only" a councilor. If she want to make commander she would need to add to her skill set. Taking the bridge command officer's test may have been a means to an end.

Deanna wouldn't necessarily have had a particular interest in commanding a starship, but she needed to do something to advance. Her conversation with Beverly on the bridge could have been Deanna exploring her options.

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