Personnel Structure in the UFP Starfleet

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Indeed, the Chief Engineer of the ''Enterprise'' performed technicians' work on a regular basis!  Rather than running the day-to-day affairs of the engineering department, you have a Lieutenant Commander running around pulling cables!  Why is this?
 
Indeed, the Chief Engineer of the ''Enterprise'' performed technicians' work on a regular basis!  Rather than running the day-to-day affairs of the engineering department, you have a Lieutenant Commander running around pulling cables!  Why is this?
  
The first point of interest is the lack of Senior Enlisted involvement in command decisions (Senior Chief O'Brien, a war hero, seems to be a anomaly, and he was the CHENG of a space station!).  As the Federation in the TNG era had drifted towards a communist state, it is likely that the enlisted personnel (who had not gone through the Starfleet Academy, which is the only method of commissioning into Starfleet) were viewed with distrust for not having gone through proper indoctrination.  In addition, the sole-source commissioning method likely created a "Good Ole Boys (and Girls) club" throughout Starfleet.  In modern Western Militaries, OCS, Warrant Officer Programs, and ROTC/UOTC programs have ensured that this kind of "wardroom segregation" is minimalized.
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The first point of interest is the lack of Senior Enlisted involvement in command decisions (Senior Chief O'Brien, a war hero, seems to be a anomaly, and he was the CHENG of a space station!).  As the Federation in the TNG era had drifted towards a communist state, it is likely that the enlisted personnel (who had not gone through the Starfleet Academy, which is the only method of commissioning into Starfleet) were viewed with distrust for not having gone through proper indoctrination.  In addition, the sole-source commissioning method likely created a "Good Ole Boys (and Girls) club" throughout Starfleet.  In modern Western Militaries, OCS, Warrant Officer Programs, and ROTC/UOTC programs have ensured that this kind of "wardroom segregation" is minimized.
  
 
With enlisted personnel being excluded from important decisions, Junior Officers grew to fill roles traditionally associated with the enlisted ranks.  The Helmsman (commonly a ''low'' ranking enlisted job in Western Navies) is taken up by anyone from an O-1 to an O-4!  Sensor technicians, and firecontrolmen are nonexistent on TNG era starships, it's all routed through a single console in one location, where an officer stands.  TAO watchstanders on USN vessels include Line Officers, Chief Warrant Officers, and Limited-Duty Officers.  In the TNG era only Line Officers stand watch.  Perhaps it's a good thing there is only one method of commissioning, as the swarm of junior officers performing junior enlisted duties mean promotion must be an agonizingly slow process (as seen on many occasions throughout the series.)
 
With enlisted personnel being excluded from important decisions, Junior Officers grew to fill roles traditionally associated with the enlisted ranks.  The Helmsman (commonly a ''low'' ranking enlisted job in Western Navies) is taken up by anyone from an O-1 to an O-4!  Sensor technicians, and firecontrolmen are nonexistent on TNG era starships, it's all routed through a single console in one location, where an officer stands.  TAO watchstanders on USN vessels include Line Officers, Chief Warrant Officers, and Limited-Duty Officers.  In the TNG era only Line Officers stand watch.  Perhaps it's a good thing there is only one method of commissioning, as the swarm of junior officers performing junior enlisted duties mean promotion must be an agonizingly slow process (as seen on many occasions throughout the series.)

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