Re: When did Chief O'Brien become and engineer?
This is the one thing that remains rather difficult to explain about Colm Meaney's constant rank identifier changes in the various shows. Dialogue basically agrees that he always was a noncom and never attended the Academy - so how did he become the Tactical Officer of the Rutledge?
I have heard that the "Diving Officer" position on U.S. Submarines can be held by a non-com...in some cases the "Chief of the Boat". So it could be a case of it being a description of the position
rather than a job requirement.
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