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Old January 31 2013, 07:38 AM   #60
C.E. Evans
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Re: Geordi's Authority

In "Thine Own Self," a point was made that Crusher didn't need to have commander rank to be chief medical officer, but did so solely to be eligible for occasional bridge command. Troi took the test after thinking about her old colleagues (presumably other blue shirts) who had already taken the test and likely had advanced in rank ahead of her. As far as Pulaski, it could merely be a case of her having been promoted in order to have greater seniority at a previous assignment. I imagine that Janeway, who started off as a blue shirt, took the test at some point and it was her first step to switching over to the command division, IMO.
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