Re: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS - Grading & Discussion [SPOILERS]
The TOS Kirk earned his promotion to master of the Enterprise after proving himself as the captain of a lesser ship.
Source? Because nowhere in the TOS episodes or movies is such a command mentioned. And yes I know about Dehner's line from Where No Man...
and find it vague at best because the Enterprise could have been the command she mentions.
"If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are." - Jean-Luc Picard, "Encounter at Farpoint"