C.E. Evans wrote:
I could see that being used in the same sense that "police officer" is used for a beat cop even if that person doesn't really have an officer rank.
That my take on it, Roddenberry was a LA cop like his father, everyone being a Starfleet "officer"
wouldn't depend on whether or not you held a officers commission.
But other than that Starfleet is of course exactly like the US Navy.
Oh, there's plenty of instances in which Starfleet isn't like the U.S. Navy, namely in regards to its chain of command and some personnel practices.