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20th Jun '17 7:01:23 PM ApeAccount
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' averted this with Rimmer who after 15 years of service managed to move from the absolutely lowest rank on the ship to the second lowest. However, from his mother's perspective, this would appear to be the case, since she sends him a letter as, "Rear Admiral Lieutenant General Rimmer". Apparently every time he took an exam, he told her he passed and he should be "Commander in Chief of the whole universe" by now.
11th Jun '17 7:55:18 PM GoblinCipher
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* In ''DuckTales'', ''Admiral'' Grimitz is in direct command of ''Seaman'' Donald Duck, a difference of well over a dozen ranks. He also commands an aircraft carrier, conducts personal inspections of equipment, and supervises routine training maneuvers, all jobs for lower ranks. About the only thing he does in the series that ''is'' appropriate is meet with a civilian military contractor to negotiate the purchase of top secret materiel -- and he does ''that'' while in port in a hostile country instead of in a secure facility ashore.
21st May '17 12:54:17 PM Bissek
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* Over the course of ''Literature/TheShadowCampaigns'' (less than two years in-story), Winter Ihernglass has gone from Ranker (common trooper) to Division General (equivalent to an RL Brigadier) through a combination of luck, skill, and having the above be noticed by the greatest general of the age, despite only being in her early twenties. Despite the extremely rapid promotions, she's only lost one battle, which was against the greatest general of the previous generation.
10th May '17 3:37:05 AM AgentTasmania
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* By the time the third game in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' trilogy rolls around, pretty much everyone who's worked with Shepard is at a ridiculously high rank if they're military. Even [[spoiler: Jack]] is a military instructor, despite being a confirmed murderer and terrorist. More or less, the only people who didn't rise significantly in rank are the humans who were already in the military at the start. ''Completely justified'' in this case though, because only the human military had even a handful of people believing Shepard and his/her crew [[spoiler:right up until the Reapers starting [[CurbStompBattle wrecking everyone's shit]], at which point the galaxy realized who they needed to be listening to.]]\\\
To wit: [[spoiler: Lt. Alenko becomes Maj. Alenko, thus technically outranking Shepard while not onboard the Normandy, Gunnery Sgt. Williams becomes Lt. Cmd. Williams, police officer Vakarian holds an unspecified rank in the Turian Hierarchy but is saluted by generals and advises the Primarch, burned-out mercenary Urdnot Wrex becomes leader of all krogan, [[HotScientist Liara T'soni]] becomes the most powerful information broker in the galaxy, and engineer Tali'Zorah becomes one of five admirals of the quarian people. Cpt. Anderson becomes an admiral and supreme commander of the human resistance on Earth.]] And that's just the crew from the FIRST game. The only ones who aren't promoted seem to be Flight Lieutenant Jeff "Joker" Moreau and Lt. Cmd. Shepard him/herself. Shepard, of course, becomes a Spectre early in the first game, which effectively makes them the plenipotentiary of the Citadel Council and above all other legal authority.

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* By the time the third game in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' trilogy rolls around, pretty much everyone who's worked directly with Shepard is at a ridiculously high has gained rank if they're military. in any chain of command, some quite significantly. Even [[spoiler: Jack]] is a military instructor, despite being a confirmed murderer and terrorist. More or less, the only people who didn't rise significantly in rank are the humans who were already in the military at the start. ''Completely justified'' in this case though, because only the human military had even a handful of people believing Shepard and his/her crew [[spoiler:right up until the Reapers starting [[CurbStompBattle wrecking everyone's shit]], at which point the galaxy realized who they needed to be listening to.]]\\\
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Lt. Alenko becomes Maj. Alenko, thus technically outranking Shepard while not onboard the Normandy, Normandy or Gunnery Sgt. Williams becomes Lt. Cmd. Williams, police officer Williams.
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Vakarian holds an unspecified rank in the Turian Hierarchy but is saluted by generals and advises the Primarch, burned-out mercenary Urdnot Wrex becomes leader Primarch due to being one of all krogan, [[HotScientist Liara T'soni]] becomes the most powerful information broker a handful of people in the galaxy, and engineer galaxy with actual experience vs Reapers. The meritocracy of the Turian Heirarchy was previously noted to allow for very rapid promotion.
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2nd May '17 2:55:38 PM Eriorguez
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To wit: [[spoiler: Lt. Alenko becomes Maj. Alenko, thus technically outranking Shepard while not onboard the Normandy, Gunnery Sgt. Williams becomes Lt. Cmd. Williams, police officer Vakarian holds an unspecified rank in the Turian Hierarchy but is saluted by generals and advises the Primarch, burned-out mercenary Urdnot Wrex becomes leader of all krogan, [[HotScientist Liara T'soni]] becomes the most powerful information broker in the galaxy, and teenaged engineer Tali'Zorah becomes one of five admirals of the quarian people. Cpt. Anderson becomes an admiral and supreme commander of the human resistance on Earth.]] And that's just the crew from the FIRST game. The only ones who aren't promoted seem to be Flight Lieutenant Jeff "Joker" Moreau and Lt. Cmd. Shepard him/herself. Shepard, of course, becomes a Spectre early in the first game, which effectively makes them the plenipotentiary of the Citadel Council and above all other legal authority.

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To wit: [[spoiler: Lt. Alenko becomes Maj. Alenko, thus technically outranking Shepard while not onboard the Normandy, Gunnery Sgt. Williams becomes Lt. Cmd. Williams, police officer Vakarian holds an unspecified rank in the Turian Hierarchy but is saluted by generals and advises the Primarch, burned-out mercenary Urdnot Wrex becomes leader of all krogan, [[HotScientist Liara T'soni]] becomes the most powerful information broker in the galaxy, and teenaged engineer Tali'Zorah becomes one of five admirals of the quarian people. Cpt. Anderson becomes an admiral and supreme commander of the human resistance on Earth.]] And that's just the crew from the FIRST game. The only ones who aren't promoted seem to be Flight Lieutenant Jeff "Joker" Moreau and Lt. Cmd. Shepard him/herself. Shepard, of course, becomes a Spectre early in the first game, which effectively makes them the plenipotentiary of the Citadel Council and above all other legal authority.
30th Apr '17 6:13:22 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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** [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] is made an acting officer and frequently manned stations both on the bridge and in main engineering at the age of 15. By the third season, Picard actually gives him a field commission. One can only imagine how much this pissed off the career Starfleet officers and enlisted personnel serving aboard ''Enterprise'' who didn't happen to be main characters.
30th Apr '17 5:59:29 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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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 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 is Homer, but his being a nuclear technician makes this more plausible. [[/note]].
28th Apr '17 8:06:19 AM LordInsane
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** PlayerCharacter rank is tied to CharacterLevel and caps out at an OF-10 grade (fleet admiral) for Starfleet and the Romulan Republic at level 60 and an OF-9 grade (general) at level 55 with an honorary and ''very'' prestigious title (Dahar Master) at level 60 for the KDF. But apart from getting the ability to call in one other ship to help you out if your hull drops below 50%, there's no real difference from when you hit captain at level 30. You're still flying just one ship instead of commanding an organization, you regularly get ordered around by {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs you outrank, and there isn't a single mission available that makes more sense for a flag officer to handle than a captain (for that matter a lot of the grinding side missions make more sense for ''enlisted'' personnel).

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** PlayerCharacter rank is tied to CharacterLevel and caps out at an OF-10 grade (fleet admiral) for Starfleet and the Romulan Republic at level 60 and an OF-9 grade (general) at level 55 with an honorary and ''very'' prestigious title (Dahar Master) at level 60 for the KDF. But apart from getting the ability to call in one other ship to help you out if your hull drops below 50%, there's no real difference from when you hit captain at level 30. You're still flying just one ship instead of commanding an organization, you regularly get ordered around by {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs you outrank, and there isn't a single mission available that makes more sense for a flag officer to handle than a captain (for that matter a lot of the grinding side missions make more sense for ''enlisted'' personnel). Eventually an Admiralty system was added where you send out ships represented by tokens on missions almost purely so that there would be something recurring that ''does'' make more sense for admirals/generals than captains/commanders.
14th Mar '17 8:29:05 AM Khathi
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** Hadn't Miles [[IdiotBall killed his [=ImpSec=] career himself]] [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin with that fake report]], ''he'' would've become its head, as Illyan was already contemplated retirement and has been consciously grooming Miles as a successor all that time. And given that by that time Miles has only reached a Captain's ranků Well, as they say on Barrayar, "anything done three times in a row is a tradition".

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** Hadn't Miles [[IdiotBall killed his [=ImpSec=] career himself]] [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin with that fake report]], ''he'' would've become its head, as Illyan was already contemplated contemplating retirement and has been consciously grooming Miles as a successor all that time. And given that by that time Miles has only reached a Captain's ranků Well, as they say on Barrayar, "anything done three times in a row is a tradition".
14th Mar '17 8:26:02 AM Khathi
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** Hadn't Miles [[IdiotBall killed his [=ImpSec=] career himself]] [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin with that fake report]], ''he'' would've become its head, as Illyan was already contemplated retirement and has been consciously grooming Miles as a successor all that time. And given that by that time Miles has only reached a Captain's ranků Well, as they say on Barrayar, "anything done three times in a row is a tradition".
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