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Of course, I mean besides Lt. JG Picard in "Tapestry":

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Is it just Hollywood bias or are we to believe that officers either get promoted, get killed, or retire if their career is not advancing?

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    What do you consider old? What do you consider the highest "low" rank? – TZHX Jul 27 '15 at 19:42
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    Once consideration; if you are looking at TNG, the Enterprise was pretty much a prime posting, as is mentioned by a few who join the crew at various points. So, there's a pretty good chance that competition to be a crew member helps weed out some older, lower-rank people. – K-H-W Jul 27 '15 at 19:58
  • Damn. I read the headline, and came here planning to mention Lt. JG Picard. You beat me to it! – Nerrolken Jul 27 '15 at 22:41
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    I believe the US military has a rule that if you are passed over for promotion twice in succession, you must leave the service - you can't serve indefinitely without advancing. It's not unreasonable to guess that Starfleet might have something similar. – Nate Eldredge Jul 28 '15 at 0:30
  • I felt my answer was pretty comprehensive. Is there anything you'd want adding before considering an acceptance? – Valorum Jan 21 '16 at 20:27
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Lt Jg Reg Barclay was (approx) 42 years of age when we meet him in TNG: Hollow Pursuits. That seems rather old for such a low rank.

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Lt Jg Janice Rand was (approx) 51 years of age when she was promoted to her rank.

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Ensign Alans was a technical specialist (a volcanologist).
When we meet him, he's (approx) 45 years of age.

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Ensign Cheney's age isn't described in canon, but she doesn't look that young (mid-50's?)

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Obviously it's a bit different for longer-lived species, but Ensign Chu'Lak was aged 77 when he was commissioned an Ensign.

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And Ensign Tuvok was approx 85 years old when he rejoined Starfleet as an Ensign.

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  • The apocrypha puts Barclay closer to 36 at his first appearance, though that is still old for a JG. – Politank-Z Jul 27 '15 at 20:08
  • @Richard : Nice list! You might want to add transporter chief Kyle from the original Enterprise, who was later serving on the Reliant (you can see him on the bridge in The Wrath of Khan). I doubt his rank was that high, even at that point. – Praxis Jul 27 '15 at 21:34
  • @Praxis - In the absence of a canon confirmation of his rank, I'm hesitant to add him. – Valorum Jul 27 '15 at 22:11
  • @Richard : That's fair. – Praxis Jul 27 '15 at 22:15
  • @Richard: The Vulcans, although technically true, don't really fit the gist of the question. For one thing, they don't LOOK old (speaks to the Hollywood bias point). For another, I believe in most cases, the Vulcan have had multiple careers before joining Starfleet. I would accept the example if we knew a Vulcan who was a Lieutenant/Ensign who had served for many decades. (?) – ThePopMachine Jul 29 '15 at 0:50

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