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Old May 10 2013, 09:42 PM   #16
C.E. Evans
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Re: Is there a need for a Helm Department?

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Except that in the modern US Navy the Engineering officers are most certainly what Star Trek would call "Command Division" officers.
It's one of the differences between Starfleet and the modern US Navy.
Is it, though? Let's look at a couple of career tracks that we've seen.

Geordi: Helmsman, chief engineer, captain (in a possible future)
Worf: Helmsman/bridge lackey, chief of security, chief of ops (while Data was assumed dead), strategic operations / Defiant XO, would have eventually reached captain.

They both go from red to gold to red, and Worf even takes over a technical department for a while. I don't think there's any reason to assume that department specialization is set in stone or in any way influences whether they'll reach a command position.
I'm not actually talking about any of this at all, but rather just the issue of different terminology between Starfleet and today's navy.
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