C.E. Evans wrote:
Use of Time wrote:
What do you think is more likely? My comparison to the Navy or your comparison to a police force?
Both. I think Starfleet that Starfleet borrows things from multiple earlier organizations, but is ultimately its own thing and really isn't a stickler with how the term "officer" is used in casual conversation.
So they have a rank structure identical to the U.S. Navy but they decided to throw in some police terminology for the hell of it? I'm sorry but I see LT Worf not Officer Worf and I see Chief O'Brien not Detective O'Brien.
Call them what you want though. It really isn't that big of a deal. I was an Officer in the Army at one point, I was also called a Soldier. I can be both but Private "Jones" cannot be. I feel the same applies here. It just sounds confusing if you ask me and doesn't make a whole lot of sense if you think about it.