The Data thread in the TNG forum inspired this. I understand there are only so many positions on a starship the size of Voyager, but this one bit is puzzling. If we go by the actual insignia on Chakotay, then he was a Lt. Commander, which makes sense since the original XO, Cavit, was also a Lt. Commander. So why does Tuvok get to be one, also, 3 years into the journey home? In fact, aside from the start when the other positions were getting filled... Chief Engineer, Conn... and Paris' reinstatement at the end of season 6, no one else got promoted. I understand that the rest likely wouldn't due to the aforementioned available positions, but why did Tuvok get to be promoted? And if Tuvok, as a department head, gets to move up a rank, why not Harry? At least maybe a few years in, or in the final season. I always found it funny how there were a bunch of Lts. all around the ship but he was senior over them due to being a bridge officer. And I understand that actually does happen. But Janeway couldn't throw him a bone? I mean, his contributions were good. He was on the design team when the Warp 10 barrier was broken. He upgraded Astrometrics with Seven, which Astrometrics was a massive contribution throughout the rest of the series. He was key in saving the ship from the Hirogen. He was on the design team for the Delta Flyer. He helped the ship get a lot closer to home in "TIMELESS". He commands the ship during some watches, including many night shifts. He's even been killed more than once. Not to mention his regular duties, he seemed quite capable and proficient. So why no Lt., junior grade?