Crazy Eddie wrote:
OTOH, your position is that it is inconceivable that any organization could participate in combat WITHOUT being a military; it is a possibility of which you are choosing to remain ignorant.
But they aren't just a participant in combat. We see Starfleet making battleplans and never in conjunction with another body that could be claimed to be the military arm of the Federation. Never once has such a body been mentioned in the Federation-era even though they were close to war several times and we know they fought several conflicts. When they went to show the flag on the Romulan border in Angel One
, it was Starfleet doing it.
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck... its usually a duck.