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6th Dec '17 2:59:23 AM ImpudentInfidel
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*** His status is a bit... fuzzy. In early TNG, when the rank system was apparently based on law enforcement instead of naval systems and the lowest rank was Ensign, he was a Lieutenant. When they later decided to make him the token elisted man they never really bothered to change the habit and the total number of enlisted crew in that era can be counted on one hand. So he's technically an NCO, but somehow has junior officers reporting to him.

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*** His status is a bit... fuzzy. In early TNG, when the rank system was apparently based on law enforcement instead of naval systems and the lowest rank was Ensign, he was a Lieutenant. When they later decided to make him the token elisted man they never really bothered to change the habit and the total number of enlisted crew in that era can be counted on one hand. So he's technically an NCO, but somehow has junior officers reporting to him.
6th Dec '17 2:53:34 AM ImpudentInfidel
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*** His status is a bit... fuzzy. In early TNG, when the rank system was apparently based on law enforcement instead of naval systems and the lowest rank was Ensign, he was a Lieutenant. When they later decided to make him the token elisted man they never really bothered to change the habit and the total number of enlisted crew in that era can be counted on one hand. So he's technically an NCO, but somehow has junior officers reporting to him.
21st Oct '17 8:03:55 PM Sanokal
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** On the Brutes' side of things in ''Videogame/HaloWars2'', there's Pavium, who is held back from promotion within the Banished despite his excellent skills in [[AFatherToHisMen commanding]] and battling due to his attachment to his LeeroyJenkins brother Voridus.
13th Oct '17 7:59:23 AM CosmicFerret
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* Averted on ''BabylonFive''. Ivanova starts the series as a Lt Commander, gets promoted to Commander at the beginning of season two, gets promoted to Captain at the end of Season 4, and has reached flag rank in the series finale which takes place twenty years later. Most other characters with military careers don't get promoted within the military, but do achieve high rank in a non-military field later on. Vir has the biggest promotion over the course of the series - Ambassador's aide to Emperor. Played straight in one of the ExpandedUniverse novels where the man who founded [=PsiCorps=] turned down a chance to ''run for President'' because he felt that would be a demotion.

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* Averted on ''BabylonFive''.''Series/BabylonFive''. Ivanova starts the series as a Lt Commander, gets promoted to Commander at the beginning of season two, gets promoted to Captain at the end of Season 4, and has reached flag rank in the series finale which takes place twenty years later. Most other characters with military careers don't get promoted within the military, but do achieve high rank in a non-military field later on. Vir has the biggest promotion over the course of the series - Ambassador's aide to Emperor. Played straight in one of the ExpandedUniverse novels where the man who founded [=PsiCorps=] turned down a chance to ''run for President'' because he felt that would be a demotion.
4th Sep '17 2:25:53 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': The core quartet of Beckett, Castle, Esposito, and Ryan remains constant throughout the show's entire eight-year run. Castle is a civilian who theoretically tags along to use Beckett and her team as source material for his ''Literature/NikkiHeat'' novels, but the other three should've been promoted at some point. Beckett spends a couple episodes at the start of season six working as an investigator for the attorney general but gets fired for political reasons, and in a couple season seven episodes is heard complaining about her lack of advancement (though the WhatIf universe shown in "[[Recap/CastleS7E6TheTimeOfOurLives The Time of Our Lives]]" has her as the squad captain, and stuck investigating her desk all day).

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* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': The core quartet of Beckett, Castle, Esposito, and Ryan remains constant throughout the show's entire eight-year run. Castle is a civilian who theoretically tags along to use Beckett and her team as source material for his ''Literature/NikkiHeat'' novels, but the other three should've been promoted at some point. Beckett spends a couple episodes at the start of season six working as an investigator for the attorney general but gets fired for political reasons, and in a couple season seven episodes is heard complaining about her lack of advancement (though the WhatIf universe shown in "[[Recap/CastleS7E6TheTimeOfOurLives The Time of Our Lives]]" has her as the squad captain, and stuck investigating her desk all day). Eventually Beckett ''does'' get promoted in the last season, while Ryan and Esposito decide to take the Sergeant's Exam.
21st Aug '17 11:24:21 AM SeptimusHeap
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** In Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy, Pellaeon was a sixty-year-old captain of an Imperial Star Destroyer. Being unwilling to rule, he just followed the Empire's current leaders and tried to scrape it back together again whenever those leaders inevitably fell, never getting promoted. But as time went on and he outlived those superiors, one of them [[YouAreInCommandNow put him in charge]] before fleeing into obscurity, and so by the HandOfThrawn duology he was Admiral Pellaeon, the Supreme Commander of the [[VestigialEmpire Imperial Remnant]]. And by the time of the Literature/NewJediOrder series, the Empire has expanded sufficiently that he was promoted again, to the same rank of ''Grand Admiral'' that his late mentor Thrawn had held.

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** In Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy, Pellaeon was a sixty-year-old captain of an Imperial Star Destroyer. Being unwilling to rule, he just followed the Empire's current leaders and tried to scrape it back together again whenever those leaders inevitably fell, never getting promoted. But as time went on and he outlived those superiors, one of them [[YouAreInCommandNow put him in charge]] before fleeing into obscurity, and so by the HandOfThrawn Literature/HandOfThrawn duology he was Admiral Pellaeon, the Supreme Commander of the [[VestigialEmpire Imperial Remnant]]. And by the time of the Literature/NewJediOrder series, the Empire has expanded sufficiently that he was promoted again, to the same rank of ''Grand Admiral'' that his late mentor Thrawn had held.
22nd Jul '17 6:27:37 AM Piterpicher
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* ''MajorDad'' had in its final season made the 'Up or Out' system an important plot point. The Major was up for promotion the second time. There is no third time. Lieutenant Colonel Dad doesn't have the same ring to it.

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* ''MajorDad'' ''Series/MajorDad'' had in its final season made the 'Up or Out' system an important plot point. The Major was up for promotion the second time. There is no third time. Lieutenant Colonel Dad doesn't have the same ring to it.
28th Jun '17 10:26:43 PM ApeAccount
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** Emphasising the point with Harry, his actual role was "Operations Officer", the same as Data from "The Next Generation" who was second in command of the ship. He even regularly took command of the night shift, something otherwise only done by the three most senior officers on the ship. Yet he remains the lowest ranked.
10th Jun '17 10:44:21 AM nombretomado
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* Averted in ''TheWire''. Throughout the series, several people are promoted, sometimes more than once, including policemen, politicians, and street hustlers.

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* Averted in ''TheWire''.''Series/TheWire''. Throughout the series, several people are promoted, sometimes more than once, including policemen, politicians, and street hustlers.
2nd Apr '17 11:43:02 AM nombretomado
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* Long-running soaps can avoid this by following the progression of the characters as they grow. ''HomeAndAway'''s Sally Fletcher appeared in the show's pilot as a nine-year old schoolgirl; by the time she left twenty years and four thousand, six hundred and nine episodes later she was the school's principal.

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* Long-running soaps can avoid this by following the progression of the characters as they grow. ''HomeAndAway'''s ''Series/HomeAndAway'''s Sally Fletcher appeared in the show's pilot as a nine-year old schoolgirl; by the time she left twenty years and four thousand, six hundred and nine episodes later she was the school's principal.
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