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When were female captains banned from Starfleet?

There are two interpretations of that scene. The first, and the one generally accepted these days, is that she was off her rocker, and made a statement that stated there was discrimination against her ...
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Was Spock the First Vulcan in Starfleet?

He is not the first Vulcan in Starfleet. Star Trek Enterprise by itself puts a nail in the coffin: near the end of the third season, when the ship returns to Earth after having stopped the Xindi ...
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Why is Picard *requested* and required to give up command to Jellico?

This phrasing is straight from The UK's Admiralty orders. So yes, it is an anachronism, but it is also a very functional and precise wording. This is an homage the TNG pays to the wet navy times, ...
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Does USS imply a Starfleet vessel?

No, but it's complicated Please note that there are two types of prefixes described: The name prefix, followed by ship's name. Indicates the origin/owner of the vessel. Examples: USS in USS ...
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Why is Picard *requested* and required to give up command to Jellico?

Legal documents frequently use this kind of double-barrelled terminology; e.g., heirs and assigns, cease and desist. They are called legal doublets.
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Is Starfleet a military or civilian organization?

At first glance this question is easily answered: Gene Roddenberry says it isn't, Picard says it isn't, and so it isn't. It is not that simple. It is completely dependent on how narrowly you define ...
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How does command get transferred on a Starfleet vessel as officers come onto or leave the bridge?

The "officer on deck" or "officer of the deck" (commonly "OOD") has "the conn" or operational control of the vessel. The conn is passed explicitly to an ...
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Since human lives are more valuable, why doesn't the Federation replace their Starfleet crews with mostly holograms?

In short, the EMH is not "just as competent as a human doctor", at least not until he's had a chance to go beyond his original programming. In the earlier episodes his lack of bedside manner,...
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Does Star Fleet make accommodations for alien crew members?

In the DS9 episode Melora (episode 2x06), we're introduced to Ensign Melora Pazlar, an Elaysian. Her species evolved on a planet with extremely low gravity compared to Earth's and thus she would be ...
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Does Star Fleet make accommodations for alien crew members?

Since you've mentioned breathing devices, we should probably give a shout out to Ensign Mendon from TNG: A Matter of Honor and cadet trainee Mordock from TNG: Coming of Age. Both Benzites use a chest-...
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Why don't Starfleet captains force other Starfleet ships to lower their shields every time they fight?

In "The Wounded", it wasn't Starfleet who used the prefix code, but the Cardassians after Picard gave it to them when the Enterprise couldn't get to the battle in time. The simplest explanation is ...
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Are Starfleet and the Federation distinct entities? Why does Saru say they are?

The Federation and Starfleet are two separate entities. The Federation is a civilian government and a democracy that unites several planets under a singular banner (a similar concept is the European ...
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Do Starfleet regulations and general orders apply to non-Starfleet Federation citizens?

Most of us think of Prime Directive as just prohibition of interference with less developed society. But fact is that Prime Directive is a doctrine of total non-interference with the affairs of other ...
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Was Spock the First Vulcan in Starfleet?

I hazard that he was not. In the Original Series episode "Immunity Syndrome", we have the USS Intrepid. We are told the Starfleet vessel was crewed exclusively by Vulcans. To have 430-ish Vulcans, ...
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Since human lives are more valuable, why doesn't the Federation replace their Starfleet crews with mostly holograms?

Given that humans are not forced into military service by economic circumanstances like many are now, we have to assume other motivations for why humans would join starfleet. That same motivation ...
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Why does Jadzia Dax wear a science uniform (during the war)?

From what we've seen, in universe, Starfleet officers don't change division colors for temporary assignments. Worf for example: spent most of his first year on the Enterprise-D as a relief ...
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How does Starfleet maintain staff morale given that there is no salary difference between the top and bottom person?

Simply put, money is not the only form of compensation. We already have a question that covers why people might wish to join Starfleet, so I won't belabor the points of self-actualization and ...
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When were female captains banned from Starfleet?

I'm not sure we can infer an absolute limit on gender roles based on a single line. Certainly it was not Roddenberry's meaning - “Nowhere in my story was the statement made that this woman wasn’t ...
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Why is Guinan allowed to have a non-Starfleet issued rifle?

There isn't currently an answer for this in canon, but there is some reasonable speculation that can be made: "I doubt they would allow her to bring her own weapon on board." There isn't anything to ...
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Since human lives are more valuable, why doesn't the Federation replace their Starfleet crews with mostly holograms?

Starfleet tried something like that in Kirk's era (TOS: The Ultimate Computer), and it was a disaster. Large-scale automation may be a lingering taboo, similar to how Earth is unwilling to revisit ...
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Does USS imply a Starfleet vessel?

Possibly. The problem is, there aren't a lot of non-Starfleet Federation ships to go around, which not only makes it harder to spot the pattern, it makes the producers less likely to have gone to the ...
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How does command get transferred on a Starfleet vessel as officers come onto or leave the bridge?

When the captain of a Starfleet vessel leaves the bridge, they typically give command of the bridge to another member of their crew with a variation of the line: "You have the bridge/conn/helm.&...
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Does Star Fleet make accommodations for alien crew members?

A minor one: Starfleet uniforms normally include footwear. However, crewman Dax from Star Trek VI did not have to wear boots, because of his oversize webbed feet.
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Could Starfleet make first contact with pre-warp exploratory species?

I think that would be less under the Prime Directive and more under First Contact procedures. First Contact procedures have an application, and that's when you're likely to encounter a civilization ...
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When did Starfleet use stasis pods?

We hear of at least one example of stasis pods being used in the Starfleet era, from Harry Kim. Admittedly, this may be a 'tall tale' but the mention of them doesn't elicit surprise among the ...
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Is Starfleet a military or civilian organization?

Interestingly, this issue crops up briefly in the novel "Federation". Kirk and an admiral who came on board end up discussing the issue near the end of the main plotline, with Kirk arguing the ...
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When were female captains banned from Starfleet?

The James Blish novelisation of the episode presents a slightly different version of events and opens up a different interpretation. She opened her eyes and stared directly into his. “The year we ...
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Does Star Fleet make accommodations for alien crew members?

In addition to the many answers given, there are others: the Zaranite officers from ST:TMP who wore breathing masks: Lt Arex needed shirts with 3 armholes and pants with 3 legs: Lt Vilix'pran of ...
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How much of Earth's population is dedicated to working for, or at, Starfleet?

Unknown at this time I've tried to find a canon / official source of this information on and off since you asked this question. Given that I could find nothing, and given no one else seems to have, ...
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Why don't Starfleet captains force other Starfleet ships to lower their shields every time they fight?

First of all, StarFleet ship fighting StarFleet ship is an exceedingly rare occurrence in universe and, the fight between the Defiant and the Lakota aside, always a result of a crew being subdued or ...
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