Does Star Fleet not run psychiatric examinations on its recruits?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by QuarkforNagus, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Oxford, PA
    Was Janice Lester Starfleet? I thought she dropped out and went into the private sector. I don't remember her wearing a uniform.
  2. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Great Britain
    You might be right. It's been a while since I've seen the episode.
  3. Push The Button

    Push The Button Commodore Commodore

    Feb 21, 2013
    Smithfield, Rhode Island USA
    Sounds like every company that I ever worked for.
  4. T'Girl

    T'Girl Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 20, 2009
    Didn't Janice speak of "the year we spent at Starfleet?"

    She could have been a civilian with Starfleet when she had a relationship with Kirk. Perhaps during the time period that Lt. Kirk was an instructor at the academy.

  5. Melakon

    Melakon Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2012
    Melakon's grave
    It was pretty clear from TOS that if anyone knew James T. Kirk before he commanded Enterprise, they were probably now insane.
  6. Karuna

    Karuna Ensign Newbie

    Jul 13, 2013
    I find it strange that people would suggest that Barclay is mentally ill...

    Don't people understand where his root problem lies? It's simple really, he's SHY.

    All his problems stem from shyness and introversion.

    Since when was that a mental illness?

    As for reaching high ranks without commanding, people obviously don't understand the way the military works.

    I'm a former Navy person and the people that command the big warships are the executive branch types.

    If barclay was to command a ship it would probably be some kind of science vessel.

    I'd imagine that a medical ship would probably be commanded by some kind of high ranking doctor.

    Apart from that though, it is completely possible in things like the navy to reach high ranks without ever serving on a ship. In fact, the higher concentration of those higher ranks is actually among people that never see service on a ship.

    You should see serving on a ship as being something that is just one way that people can go. Don't forget that there are tons and tons of starfleet bases all over the place. There are probably actually a much greater amount of manpower in bases than could ever be accommodated on the fleet of ships.

    And then there are hospitals. And then there are scientific outposts. Probably plenty more besides.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2013
  7. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Great Britain
    Being shy, intoverted, is as you say not a mental illness.
  8. Captain Clark Terrell

    Captain Clark Terrell Commodore Commodore

    Jun 9, 2013
    The Captain's Table
    As an introvert, I'd agree with this. I think introverts can be harder to read because they don't always broadcast their thoughts for everyone to hear, but that's not a sign of a behavioral problem or mental illness. One of the things modern psychiatry has tried to correct is the idea that because a person is poorly understood means said person has something wrong with them.

  9. Snowy Road

    Snowy Road Crimbo crossing Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Nerys Myk
    Or an ex-flame. Or both.