Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
Crazy Eddie wrote:
Strictly speaking, Starfleet doesn't operate a standing military organization, so their combat training is just one aspect of a VERY extensive curriculum.
Starfleet IS a standing military organization.
Not it isn't.
Starfleet is an exploration agency with adequate combat capabilities. IOW they are professional explorers who can also fight.
A standing military is a combat organization with adequate exploration capabilities. IOW, they are professional soldiers who can also explore.
That is a sufficiently large difference that two different TV series and now a major motion picture have explicitly spelled it out, even to the point that a Starfleet Admiral is willing to perform some rather extraordinary actions to convert Starfleet INTO a standing military organization -- something that, previously, it had never been before.
AFAIK, this is a problem that Starfleet seems to grapple with about once every forty to sixty years. They're perfectly happy saying "We're peaceful explorers! Yay!" then something scary shows up and the conversation becomes "Holy shit, we're gonna have to fight those guys... are we the military now?"