Avro Arrow wrote:
^Kirk was promoted from captain to admiral prior to TMP and again prior to TWOK. But it's generally accepted that he was a rear admiral, which in the US Navy was the equivalent of the commodore rank once that rank was phased out -- i.e. just one step up from captain rather than two.
To be fair, I believe Rear Admiral Lower Half is the USN equivalent of commodore, and based on Kirk's stripes in TMP, he would have been equivalent to USN's Rear Admiral Upper Half, still two steps up from captain.
Personally, I find the whole upper/lower half thing clunky. The Canadian Navy still proudly uses the rank of Commodore.
As did the UE Starfleet. Forrest was a commodore in "First Flight."
I'm not a fan of phasing out the rank of commodore either. But mostly just because I think it sounds cool.