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.
Self-appointed Knight of the Abrams Table! - Thanks Marsden!