Re: OK, How Does Starfleet Academy Work Exactly?
My assumption is that people with advanced degrees aren't going to the academy to get a duplicate degree but to learn whats expected of a Starfleet officer and also train to serve aboard a starship and out in space. McCoy, in ST09, was operating a bridge station in the KM test. Possibly the science station since he noted the presence of the Klingons and the status of their shields. Starfleet's OCS is much more intensive and not geared to turning out 90 day wonders.
The boring one, the one with Khan, the one where Spock returns, the one with whales, the dumb one, the last one, the one with Kirk, the one with the Borg, the stupid one, the bad one, the new one, the other one with Khan.