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Old July 20 2014, 06:46 PM   #1
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Understanding Major Hayes

Or more specifically the issue of his rank.

Canonically, he holds the rank of Major, which should in theory place him fourth in the ship's hierarchy below Archer, T'Pol and Trip, and above Hoshi, Mayweather and Reed.

However, it was clear in many episodes that Reed outranked him (Hayes referred to Reed as 'sir' on several occasions, something that AFAIK isn't even done with peers, and followed his orders on several occasions - though sometimes reluctantly).

Now, in canon the best that we have is a possible 'Archer said so', which seems a little vague to me. So I've been trying to come up with other explanations.

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Option 1/"The Mirror Universe":

If Reed is actually a Lieutenant Commander, then it more or less works, especially if you assume that the O-3 'Captain' and O-4 'Major' have been merged at O-3 level, and Reed 'out-ranks' him mainly by being a member of the ship's senior staff.

Option 2/"The Warrant Officer":

On the other hand, if Hayes is a Sergeant Major, then him being out-ranked by a Lieutenant makes perfect sense, and the tension is rather mainly an inter-service and/or officer v enlisted one.

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Personally, I prefer the second option, even if the first requires less use of fanon, especially as from what I can tell, this is the way the Security forces on a modern frigate or similar would be managed?

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Old July 20 2014, 07:10 PM   #2
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Re: Understanding Major Hayes

Hayes was not a starfleet officer, his team were essentially outside contractors aboard a Starfleet Ship. Since Reed was in charge of security, they were under his direct authority. The only time Hayes could give orders to Starfleet personnel was when Archer directly gave Hayes command of the bridge in "Hatchery."
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Old July 20 2014, 07:15 PM   #3
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Re: Understanding Major Hayes

Shamrock Holmes wrote: View Post
On the other hand, if Reed is a Sergeant Major. . .
I'm assuming you meant Hayes here.

The way it plays for me in the show is someone on the writing staff didn't understand service ranks. Perhaps Hayes was deferring to Reed out of professional courtesy, but an army major outranks a naval lieutenant if I understand it properly. I think an army captain is equivalent to a naval lieutenant, but maybe they didn't want more than one captain on the show.
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Old July 20 2014, 07:17 PM   #4
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Re: Understanding Major Hayes

First, Hays isn't a part of the ship's chain of command, he wouldn't for example be legally able to issue a command to an ensign.

Second, at least as I understand it, the MACO's were place under the control of the ship's tactical department, which was run by Lt. Reed.

Now Hayes saying "yes sir" could be him simply acknowledging a directive from Reed, yes sir meaning "I understand."

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Old July 20 2014, 07:29 PM   #5
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On the other hand, if Reed is a Sergeant Major. . .
I'm assuming you meant Hayes here.

The way it plays for me in the show is someone on the writing staff didn't understand service ranks. Perhaps Hayes was deferring to Reed out of professional courtesy, but an army major outranks a naval lieutenant if I understand it properly. I think an army captain is equivalent to a naval lieutenant, but maybe they didn't want more than one captain on the show.
Yup.

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Old July 20 2014, 08:56 PM   #6
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Re: Understanding Major Hayes

I've never served in the military but as I understand it rank does not necessarily equal position/authority
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Old July 20 2014, 09:15 PM   #7
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Re: Understanding Major Hayes

Apparently, MACOS in the Terran Empire ARE in the chain of command...Reed was a MACO in that universe, and he is said to be next in line after Archer and T'Pol I think.

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an army major outranks a naval lieutenant if I understand it properly. I think an army captain is equivalent to a naval lieutenant, but maybe they didn't want more than one captain on the show.
A naval Lieutenant is an O-3. Hayes, as a Major, is an O-4. So he outranked Reed by one grade. An army Captain is indeed equivalent to a naval Lieutenant.

As for why Hayes deferred to Reed: What T'Girl said. Reed, as the security chief/tactical officer, commands everyone on the ship who is responsible for either of these things. Including the MACOS.

What I'm wondering is, who took over when Hayes was killed? He didn't have a Captain or Lieutenant serving as his second. In fact I think Hayes may have been the only MACO officer on the ship...
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Old July 20 2014, 09:29 PM   #8
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I did have trouble with Reed's attitude toward Hayes, because it made him look like an insecure twit.
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Old July 20 2014, 09:32 PM   #9
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Well I can understand where Reed's coming from...he may have thought that Archer, by bringing the MACOS on board, thought Reed and his people weren't good enough and couldn't get the job done. And Hayes, OTOH, probably thought that all the Starfleet people were just amateurs who could never measure up to professional soldiers like them.

So in this case I suppose Reed should have been pissed at Archer as well, but Reed respects his captain too much to ever say anything.
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Old July 20 2014, 10:55 PM   #10
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What I'm wondering is, who took over when Hayes was killed? He didn't have a Captain or Lieutenant serving as his second. In fact I think Hayes may have been the only MACO officer on the ship...
Uh what? There was a whole squad of MACOs... when he died he named Corporal McKenzie as the best person to replace him as leader in "Countdown". This is never followed up on though.
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Old July 20 2014, 11:10 PM   #11
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What I'm wondering is, who took over when Hayes was killed? He didn't have a Captain or Lieutenant serving as his second. In fact I think Hayes may have been the only MACO officer on the ship...
Uh what? There was a whole squad of MACOs...
But apparently none of them (apart from Hayes) were officers. Hayes should have had at least one officer serving as his second in command.
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Old July 21 2014, 12:01 AM   #12
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Re: Understanding Major Hayes

Unless someone messed up and dropped the "sergeant" before the "major", making them all enlisted or non-commissioned officers.

But, he has a gold oak leaf for his rank patch, which matches the commissioned officer rank of Major in the US Army, Aarines, Air Force, and used for Lt. Commander in the US Navy.
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