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Old October 8 2013, 04:05 AM   #57
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Re: The Replacement First Officer

The Dead Mixer wrote: View Post
^If he was wearing the pips (I'd never noticed), then that would suggest that it was meant to be a true promotion, then.

Taking a reduction in rank, voluntarily or otherwise, in order to serve in a particular position does have its precedent in Trek...note Decker in TMP and Kirk in TVH.
I always took the "field commission" as something of a brevet rank. You have the rank, but it's not permanent and we can take it away whenever we don't need you doing it anymore. Wesley likewise had a field commission of Ensign but was later a Cadet.
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