Star Grinch wrote:
One of Starfleet's purposes is national defense. No matter how much Roddenberry is in denial about it, that means it's a military.
Well he came from an era when politics called for renaming military's of the word, thus the "People's Armies" when the people had no choice, the japanese Self Defense Forces.
But then we have our prejudices also. "Security" is not good enough for Ground Self Defense forces
, they must be Starfleet Marines. And because Enterprise and Voyager's primary mission is not to seek out and destroy it is not a "Navy" but a Coast Guard with the finest weapons the Federation economy can supply