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Old July 3 2013, 03:38 AM   #46
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Re: Marines and Combat Personel?

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Starfleet is the uniformed armed forces of the Federation.
"Uniformed armed forces" is a specific legal category used in international law ...
And of course prior to that, the British Navy (and before that the English Navy) were their nation's "uniformed armed forces." America and other nations also posessed uniformed armed forces before 1864 (first geneva convention).
They also possessed non-uniformed armed forces, uniformed forces that weren't armed, and armed forces that operated on a strictly for-hire basis. It is some of those practices the Geneva Conventions specifically sought to ban.

The UFP might have that convention frimly ingrained in the way they do things. Earth was one of the founding member of the Federation and Starfleet seem to to a large degree be based upon Human military procedures.
Actually, Starfleet seems to a large degree to be based on NOAA with some sophisticated weapon systems installed in the boot. It doesn't seem reflect military practices all that well, especially compared to other sci-fi productions that explicitly seek to depict those practices (e.g. Battlestar Galactica, Seaquest, Stargate SG-1).

The most obvious example is the fact that Starfleet officers do not salute their superiors. As best we can tell, they don't even have to stand at attention unless the Captain's in a pissy mood.

It maybe a bit telling that Starfleet uses the ranks of Commander and Lt. Commander, which pins the originals of Starfleet's rank structure to four Human Navies.
Or to NOAA, which again uses the same rank structure (and, like the crew of Enterprise-D, entirely lacks enlisted ranks).
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