Hober Mallow wrote:
The way the arc was played in TMP, I don't think that Kirk would have given up the command chair.
Perhaps, but the other way to look at it is Kirk was ultra career-driven and they gave him an offer he couldn't refuse. Maybe "You can be Admiral, and always have the option of taking the Enterprise back after the refit if you want." So, he got extra $$ for a few years, sat pretty at a desk job, and waited to take the reins of Starfleet's flagship again.