Crazy Eddie wrote:
As I mentioned earlier, the primary advantage of not defining Starfleet -- or, if you must, defining it as a non-military organization -- is because it makes those kinds of stories easier to tell. The writer doesn't have to actually know anything about standard military procedures or the reasons behind them, and even if he does, wouldn't have to consult an expert on anything he doesn't. When the question comes up "How would Stafleet Command react to this?" you don't have to respect the real-world parameters of military discipline any more than you want to; you can discard what is inconvenient and invent what seems more interesting.
Well,I think the fact that we're in space in the 23rd century gives writers a certain amount of wiggle room. Nobody expects Starfleet to have precisely
the same protocols or regulations as, say, the U.S. Navy. It's not like you're writing a Tom Clancy book or something. Plus, of course, you've got nearly fifty years of movies and scripts to emulate if you want to get the tone and the jargon right . . . .