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Old February 5 2013, 04:19 PM   #69
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Re: Geordi's Authority

^ The best fit for the on-screen evidence is that shipboard division (at least in the 3-color schemes) and qualification for command (what we might call "line officers") are unrelated. Some line officers specialize and are assigned to engineering, some are assigned to sciences, some are assigned to security and so on. What confuses the issue is that the steering-the-ship-and-shooting-weapons division is also called "command," and COs wear that color. But commanding the ship is pretty explicitly not limited to that division.
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