Re: Starfleet non-coms
^ Yep. IIRC, a military doctor is automatically commissioned at the O-3 level. My dad, for example, served in the Army Medical Corps. He was commissioned as a Captain right away after joining. Didn't have to go to West Point or boot camp or anything like that.
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