This seems somewhat trivial, I will admit. But for a ship with about 150 crew, why are there so many Commanders? Saru Michael Burnham Nhan Jett Reno Not to mention several Lt. Commanders, with Airiam, Hugh Culber (though I am not sure if he is back on active duty yet officially), and Paul Stamets, though he was recently promoted to that rank. On TNG, until Troi completed the Bridge Officers test, there were only 2 commanders, Riker and Crusher. Why so many high ranks in a such a small ship?