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Old March 4 2013, 08:09 PM   #12
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Re: Why do engineering and security have the same color uniform?

Pavonis wrote: View Post
What does "command" mean? Kirk as commanding officer would wear the green/gold of "command", sure, but then why would anyone else? Sulu wears green/gold - what does helm have to do with "command"?
Helm specifically, nothing much, I'd imagine. Wearing red seems to indicate the person in question is a line officer (or whatever the equivalent term might be in-universe).

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In the United States armed forces, the term line officer or officer of the line refers to a Navy, Marine, Air Force or Coast Guard officer who exercises general command authority and is eligible for operational command positions, as opposed to officers who normally exercise authority within a specialty.
As an explanation this creates problems when we consider that Data is second in line to command, though. But I guess you can only wear one color uniform and since he's Ops Officer under normal circumstances, I can overlook it. He wore red when serving as Riker's XO in 'Gambit'.
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