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.
It's really annoying whenever anyone hides behind the "It's okay when TOS does it because TOS' writers fought in war!" excuse. That really doesn't mean much. I mean, would anyone care if Modern Trek was written by veterans from the Gulf War?