Re: Does Star Fleet not run psychiatric examinations on its recruits?
On the other side of the coin, Commodore Stocker had reached that rank without ever commanding a ship, and apparently not even serving on one, during his entire career.
Which seems hard to believe. I'm sure there were Starfleet officers who served in capacities other than exploration. But it's hard to believe that someone could rise so high in the chain of command without at least some ship-bound duty. OTOH, captain is just a rank like any other. It doesn't have to mean that someone commanded ships or troops in battle.
"Many things seem clever to an imbecile." --Captain Thelin th'Valrass, USS Enterprise-- "The Chimes at Midnight"