A beaker full of death wrote:
also, let's not forget that Trek has NEVER been reaistic on the military aspects. Officers doing enlisted men work, "flagships" without flag officers, officers who stay as captain or XO of a ship for a decade or more.
Trek's military is nothing like a modern military.
Now you know damn well that doesn't apply to TOS, which was written by people who'd BEEN there.
Sure it applies. While TOS was written by military veterans, those same men were also professional writers who knew when to sacrifice reality to tell a good story.
My father, a 25 year veteran of the USAF, found a lot of the military aspects of Star Trek (TOS) laughable.