Corran Horn wrote:
It might've been in a universe where Uhura can be mind-wiped by Nomad yet shortly return to being a Starfleet officer.
I thought about that. But even if Chapel were to have completed her degree in that timespan, I have a hard time believing she'd immediately receive the position of CMO on a vessel with a crew as diverse as the one Decker put together. Christopher's Ex Machina
states that the refit Enterprise
had the most diverse crew of any in Starfleet history until Will Riker's USS Titan
crew surpassed it. The novels aren't cannon, of course, but what is cannon is the inordinate number of alien species seen on the rec deck of Enterprise
watching the V'Ger footage.