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. It works if we lose the idea that Starfleet is exactly like the U.S. Navy and more of its own thing.
That doesn't seem to be a great fit, as police forces don't generally have a commissioned/enlisted division, which Starfleet apparently does, so there is no issue of confusion. Also "police officer" is related to the older term "peace officer," not descended from military titles the way Starfleet's ranks appear to be.
The Wormhole wrote:
Considering Chief O'Brien is the only enlisted man in all Starfleet, this isn't much of an issue.
Or if there are more, nobody seems to care much about them. Maybe in the spirit of Gilligan's Island
they could just be "Starfleet officers, and the rest!"