Picard's career path seems unusually stunted for someone who is supposed to be one of Starfleet's greatest leaders. He was given command of the Stargazer in 2333 and remained there for 22 years. Nine years later, he's given command of the Enterprise-D. Almost a decade later, he's still the captain of the Enterprise-E. A few questions come to mind: When did he actually get promoted to Captain? It seems doubtful that it was in 2333, lest he be stuck at that rank for over 40 years. It is said that he was promoted at this time, however, becoming one of Starfleet's youngest captains. Where was he during the nine years between the Stargazer and Ent-D? Memory Alpha is blank on this.