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Old September 28 2012, 08:33 PM   #31
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Re: Could you be a captain?

I would like to think that Starfleet has somewhat more stringent requirements than the modern military or university, given that you're potentially representing not only humanity, but hundreds of other races throughout the galaxy, to say nothing of the fact that many captains would have enough fire power at their disposal to lay waste to entire populations. So putting aside those lives that are directly under your command and looking at the bigger picture of the actual responsibility that rests on your shoulders, I somehow doubt that most people would make the cut.

So no, I could not be a captain.

That being said, they let Barclay join with all his instabilities and Troi passed the command test...they even made Crusher a captain in an alternate timeline...though she did promptly get her ship destroyed, so there you go. So who knows, maybe they just hand out ships like a reward system for time served.

All in all, Starfleet should have better standards given their importance in representing the Federation.
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Old September 28 2012, 08:41 PM   #32
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Re: Could you be a captain?

yep i'd be a captain.

Not of a galaxy class something small like a Miranda or even an ambassador though with my luck it would be a garbage scow.
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Old September 28 2012, 08:57 PM   #33
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Re: Could you be a captain?

^ Ah, a captain in the Roger Wilco vein. I'd probably be right there, too.
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Old September 28 2012, 09:00 PM   #34
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Re: Could you be a captain?

No, I'd be the other Picard from "Tapestry", the junior astrophysicist who never stands out.
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Old September 28 2012, 10:03 PM   #35
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Re: Could you be a captain?

I could be a civilian freighter captain, but nothing more.
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Old September 28 2012, 10:44 PM   #36
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Re: Could you be a captain?

Depends on what kind of captain. A small science or civilian ship maybe but a big and more military-type like ship - no.
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Old September 29 2012, 03:08 AM   #37
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Re: Could you be a captain?

One thing I don't get is the elitism Starfleet has about senior officers .

In Tapestry, Picard said that being a simple science officer was boring and beneath him. He might have insulted Dax, Obrien, and a whole load of characters.

Just being an officer is cool in itself, you've got authority and respect, and get to do a job you're good at.

Who absolutely needs to be captain in charge of everything at every moment, getting glory every second?
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Old September 29 2012, 03:10 AM   #38
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Re: Could you be a captain?

Fatheads.

Actually I think some people just don't like being under someone else's command because they always feel they could be doing a better job. This is why the Trek captains are always less than happy about their little conference calls from Admirals.
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Old September 29 2012, 03:20 AM   #39
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Re: Could you be a captain?

They really took it far in Trek.

I see the power they have, but a lot of it seems pompous at times.

Even Troi, a career psychologist, had to get into the act.

It's like everyone joined so they could become a captain and sit in the big chair.


Take Harry Kim. He's been an ensign for 7 years--actually I understand why he would be pissed. But on the other hand, I understod they were in abnormal predicament.

They were stranded with a skeleton crew 70 years away from home. I woiuldn't expect a promotion during that period.

But just being an Ensign gives him authority over the non com officers. Hell, he's chief of operations, a deptartment head.

That would be a-ok with me.
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Old September 29 2012, 03:22 AM   #40
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Nightdiamond wrote: View Post

Take Harry Kim. He's been an ensign for 7 years--actually I understand why he would pissed. But on the other hand, I understod they were in abnormal predicament.

They wewre stranded with a ske;eton crew 70 years away from home. I woiuldn't expect a promotion during that period.
He was worried he would die out there and on his gravestone it would say "ensign" and he would be 47 years old.
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Old October 2 2012, 06:19 PM   #41
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Re: Could you be a captain?

I'd be the kind of captain who really relies on his senior officers for support and advice. You rarely get the chance to interview and decide on who those people will be. Stuck on a starship with a "lesser" crew would be a major disappointment for me. So, being a captain would have to be a conditional thing in my mind.

In any case, I tend to be a better follower than leader. My mind works a little better when stress is light to moderate, not moderate to intensive. So... I'd rather be an XO and advise the captain. As long as that man is NOT Jellico.
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