Thread: Bones in charge
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Old February 11 2013, 04:53 AM   #8
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Re: Bones in charge

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there's a book called "doctor's orders" with this premise. Personally, I think it's a silly idea. Doctors are staff officers, like a chaplain or doctor would be in today's navies. They're not in the command line.

I didn't like it when TNG did it with Crusher and Troi for the same reason. Command isn't just a matter of rank.
It's also pretty silly for a CO to leave the ship on 98% of the away parties and take his XO with him. TOS doesn't exactly steep itself in military realism anyway so why not have one of the main characters who holds rank have to make the tough decisions for the crew.

The president of the United States doesn't have to know how to work an engine room to order a carrier taskforce around the world by the same token.
Yes, but there would be a Captain aboard that carrier giving the commands that full fill that order. McCoy would be the carrier CO not the President.
That analogy wasn't meant to be taken that literally. You don't need to know how to fix your own car in order to take steps towards getting it fixed.
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