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7th Jan '18 2:47:54 PM StarSword
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* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': {{Exaggerated}}.

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* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': {{Exaggerated}}. Your rise from ensign to fleet admiral (or their factional equivalents, see below) canonically takes a total of ''eighteen months''.
7th Jan '18 2:46:06 PM StarSword
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* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'':

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* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'':''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': {{Exaggerated}}.
2nd Jan '18 2:52:17 PM Gilamyk
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* Literature/KrisLongknife made full Admiral at thirty-four. After jumping from Lt. Commander clear to Vice Admiral at twenty-nine. The truly absurd number of [[ChestOfMedals awards for valor]] she'd received by then played a major part in this.

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* Literature/KrisLongknife made full Admiral at thirty-four. After jumping from Lt. Commander clear to Vice Admiral at twenty-nine. The truly absurd number of [[ChestOfMedals awards for valor]] she'd received by then played a major part in this.this also there's a strong political motivation since she's a "princess".
10th Dec '17 1:32:03 PM Bissek
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* In the first ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' game, the player character starts as a newly-commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, and can potentially get promoted all the way to Lt Colonel over the course of the game and the two expansion packs (Maybe a year in-universe), along with getting an enormous number of medals, including the equivalent of two Medals of Honor. Despite this, the player never once gets authority over anyone other than his wingman. The sequel has the character demoted to Captain for allowing his carrier to get destroyed, get stuck at that rank for ten years because of the stigma associated with the failure, and then jump three grades to full Colonel in one go after finally being exonerated, catching the traitor who stole the exonerating evidence, and then single-handedly winning a major victory over the course of three levels.

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* In the first ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' game, the player character starts as a newly-commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, and can potentially get promoted all the way to Lt Colonel over the course of the game and the two expansion packs (Maybe a year in-universe), along with getting an enormous number of medals, including the equivalent of two Medals of Honor. Despite this, the player never once gets authority over anyone other than his wingman.wingman (regardless of which pilot is higher ranked). The sequel has the character demoted to Captain for allowing his carrier to get destroyed, get stuck at that rank for ten years because of the stigma associated with the failure, and then jump three grades to full Colonel in one go after finally being exonerated, catching the traitor who stole the exonerating evidence, and then single-handedly winning a major victory over the course of three levels. This does not result in any change in the character's actual authority over the course of two more expansion packs and two sequels.
10th Dec '17 1:26:16 PM Bissek
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* [[Literature/KrisLongknife]] made full Admiral at thirty-four. After jumping from Lt. Commander clear to Vice Admiral at twenty-nine. The truly absurd number of [[ChestOfMedals awards for valor]] she'd received by then played a major part in this.

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* [[Literature/KrisLongknife]] Literature/KrisLongknife made full Admiral at thirty-four. After jumping from Lt. Commander clear to Vice Admiral at twenty-nine. The truly absurd number of [[ChestOfMedals awards for valor]] she'd received by then played a major part in this.
10th Dec '17 1:22:36 PM Bissek
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* [[Literature/KrisLongknife]] made full Admiral at thirty-four. After jumping from Lt. Commander clear to Vice Admiral at twenty-nine. The truly absurd number of [[ChestOfMedals awards for valor]] she'd received by then played a major part in this.
27th Nov '17 6:09:08 PM nombretomado
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* In a nonmilitary example, in ''Literature/{{GATE}}'', the Japanese Foreign Ministry sends Kouji Sugawara, a 30-something man, as an official envoy to the [[AlternateUniverse Special Region]]. He is backed up by an actual ambassador on site, but she stays at the embassy while he is on point for negotiations. In the Japanese diplomatic service, where the seniority is a ''very'' SeriousBusiness, this is ''ridiculously'' young for a plenipotentiary, and was probably done just because Sugawara, one of the ministry's numerous aides and undersecretaries, [[WeHaveReserves was considered more or less expendable]], and should anything untoward happen to him, this wouldn't have hurt or embarrassed the real bigwigs. The [[KaijuDefenceForce JSDF]], though, is pretty conventional in this regard, largely avoiding ArtisticLicenseMilitary, as the author is a [[WriteWhatYouKnow former military man himself]].

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* In a nonmilitary example, in ''Literature/{{GATE}}'', the Japanese Foreign Ministry sends Kouji Sugawara, a 30-something man, as an official envoy to the [[AlternateUniverse Special Region]]. He is backed up by an actual ambassador on site, but she stays at the embassy while he is on point for negotiations. In the Japanese diplomatic service, where the seniority is a ''very'' SeriousBusiness, this is ''ridiculously'' young for a plenipotentiary, and was probably done just because Sugawara, one of the ministry's numerous aides and undersecretaries, [[WeHaveReserves was considered more or less expendable]], and should anything untoward happen to him, this wouldn't have hurt or embarrassed the real bigwigs. The [[KaijuDefenceForce [[UsefulNotes/KaijuDefenseForce JSDF]], though, is pretty conventional in this regard, largely avoiding ArtisticLicenseMilitary, as the author is a [[WriteWhatYouKnow former military man himself]].
8th Nov '17 7:36:51 PM WillKeaton
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** While Homer ''is'' around the appropriate age to command an attack submarine, he has only been out of basic training for a week at most when he's asked to take the conn of the ''USS Jebediah'' in "Simpson Tide". Also, Moe, Apu, and Barny, despite having been in the Navy for the same length of time as Homer, are all wearing rate badges indicating that they are petty officers [[note]] So is Homer, but his being a nuclear technician makes this more plausible. [[/note]].

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** While Homer ''is'' around the appropriate age to command an attack submarine, he has only been out of basic training for a week at most when he's asked to take the conn of the ''USS Jebediah'' in "Simpson Tide". Also, Moe, Apu, and Barny, despite having been in the Navy for the same length of time as Homer, are all wearing rate badges indicating that they are petty officers [[note]] So officers.[[note]]So is Homer, but his being a nuclear technician makes this more plausible. [[/note]].plausible.[[/note]]
8th Nov '17 7:35:02 PM WillKeaton
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** Miranda Keyes is a borderline case with her rank of Lieutenant-Commander, then later Commander. She is competent, she does her job to the letter, the soldiers under her trust her explicitly, and she always keeps a level head on her shoulders. At the time of her death, [[http://www.halopedia.org/Miranda_Keyes she was twenty-seven years old]]. It should be noted that she is a Commander during a war where the UNSC has been repeatedly getting slaughtered in fleet engagements; she has her rank because not only is she competent, but most of the officers with more experience than her are dead.

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** Miranda Keyes is a borderline case with her rank of Lieutenant-Commander, then later Commander. She is competent, she does her job to the letter, the soldiers under her trust her explicitly, and she always keeps a level head on her shoulders. At the time of her death, [[http://www.halopedia.org/Miranda_Keyes she was twenty-seven years old]]. old.]] It should be noted that she is a Commander during a war where the UNSC has been repeatedly getting slaughtered in fleet engagements; she has her rank because not only is she competent, but most of the officers with more experience than her are dead.
8th Nov '17 7:31:19 PM WillKeaton
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*** This is partly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] - within military rank structures, officers are leaders with more generalized abilities, and senior enlisted forces are technical experts in their career fields. Amuro was the best mobile suit pilot on the ''White Base'', so being made one of the highest ranked NCOs on the ship was appropriate as it reflected his technical superiority and experience with the Gundam.

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*** This is partly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] - within military rank structures, officers are leaders with more generalized abilities, and senior enlisted forces are technical experts in their career fields. Amuro was the best mobile suit pilot on the ''White Base'', so being made one of the highest ranked NCOs [=NCOs=] on the ship was appropriate as it reflected his technical superiority and experience with the Gundam.
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