The story is beyond stupid.
What makes it even funnier is that Kirk gets demoted again after Pike realizes how stupid it was to put him into the Captain's chair so soon.
What's sad is this sends the wrong message to young people. We're already seeing people leaving college who think it's an automatic ticket into their career. Only they learn the hard way that,with very few exceptions, everyone starts at the bottom.
That's funny because the 2009 movie had a Kirk wasting his life doing nothing, getting drunk in bars. And had Pike lecture him into going to "college" in order to get on the good path and achieve great things.