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Old January 24 2014, 05:11 AM   #34
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Re: Starfleet Starship Insignia was all supposed to be the same?

Robert Comsol wrote: View Post
Why can't they have a little competition? What's disrespectful about it?
Because it would pick one "winner" and imply the rest were "losers," would bad for the morale of all but one unit, and create needless divisiveness in an organization that should be unified.

Every seven years or so one starship will turn out to have accomplished the most. Disappointed it's not the insignia of your ship? Double your efforts and next time your starship may turn out to be the one honored?
There would never be an objective way to judge who had "accomplished the most." It is simplistic to think that complex organizations performing demanding and widely varied tasks should be reduced to the level of a popularity contest.

Robert Comsol wrote: View Post
Seriously, since when has it become "disrespectful" or whatever you wanna call it not to acknowledge and/or reward accomplishment?

Do I have to assume that it was disrespectful of Kirk to display his achievements on his chest?
You're talking about two completely different things. Established awards that are available to anyone whose accomplishments meet the criteria are not the same as eliminating an insignia in which its wearers could take pride because it is suddenly judged not worthy.

Besides the practical question: If, say, Enterprise "won the contest" and every ship wore its insignia for seven years, the achievements judged for the next "award period" would have been accomplished by personnel wearing that insignia, so if a different ship "won," what would the next badge be?
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