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Talk:Starfleet Academy Curriculum

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:Just rememebr, Admiral, that the majority of personnel are enlisted, who quite often specialize in an area. Officers are more like managers - they organize and direct those personnel under them, and rely that those people know their jobs and how to do them. A Chief Engineer, for example, probably doesn't know EVERYTHING about engineering, but can organize repair and maintenance schedules, duty rosters, etc, and probably knows a great deal of THEORY without having a lot of PRACTICAL, hands-on experience. So really, they don't need to learn EVERYTHING in just 4 years. [[User:Varaan|Varaan]] 12:03, 29 May 2006 (CDT)
::Of course. But in this instance, we're talking about having to be educated on extremely complex systems that may vary across a wide variety of configurations. You don't know where you're going to be posted when you get out of the Academy, right? So an officer who's an engineering has to know the configuration and repair procedures on the coolant intake valves on a Nova class just as well as he has to know it on an Intrepid class -- while the two configurations might be wildly different. Similarly, while a medical officer will have continued medical training after the "main" portion of the academy, they have to know the variety of medical conditions that affect the major species of StarFleet, which could include Terrans, Vulcans, Andorians, Trill, Betazoids......
::Similarly, you have to remember that the Academy is LIKE college/university, but is not the same thing. When you graduate from college, you have, as you said, a lot of theoretical knowledge that should assist you in educating yourself about whatever specific field you end up going into. But here, you have a very specific skillset that must be learned (Engineering, Medicine, Science, Helm...) over the course of four years. --[[User:FltAdml. Wolf|Wolf]] 15:07, 29 May 2006 (CDT)

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