Re: IDW Star Trek Ongoing...
What I was saying was that at no time was Kirk a "failing" cadet.
And remember the transporter readout. For all the time he was on the ship, Kirk wasn't any kind of cadet - he was already a Lieutenant.
We can infer that Kirk was just about to graduate the Academy as a Lieutenant - just like in the Prime timeline. The only reason we didn't see this was that the hearing was interrupted with news of the attack.
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.