Crazy Eddie wrote:
This is a military.
This is not.
The difference is not as subtle as you might think. Most significantly, it is only the desperation of a war they are decisively loosing that prompts the formalization of Starfleet into a military organization. The DS9 fleet comes close, but not THAT case.
So you think a ship is military if it is darker and some guys have to wear some weird silver belt/vest type thing on their uniform . . . I see.
Well that clears it up.
Unfortunately the bottom line doesn't change. If they fight on behalf of the Federation they are an armed force. If they are an armed force they are a military.
Fashion and mood lighting doesn't actually contribute as much to the definition of military as you have been led to believe.