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Military references in episodes and films
In addition to the obvious similarities between Starfleet uniforms and United States Navy insignia, several Star Trek episodes and films have had characters using military terms or coming into contact with U.S. military personnel. Such productions include:
The Original Series
- "Where No Man Has Gone Before": Starfleet Academy is mentioned as well as a reference to Starfleet being called "the service".
- "Mudd's Women": It is established that Starfleet Captains, much like modern day naval counterparts, have authority to convene a board of inquiry to investigate certain situations.
- "Balance of Terror": Written along the lines of a Destroyer-Submarine conflict, this episode is full of military terms, including various shipboard alerts and damage control jargon, as well as establishing that Starfleet is a tasked with defending the United Federation of Planets.
- "Dagger of the Mind": Captain James T. Kirk tells Tristan Adams that Starfleet regulations require an investigation into the events at the Tantalus Penal Colony.
- "Court Martial": This episode explains that Starfleet has a military court system very similar to that used by the United States armed forces.
- "The Menagerie, Part I" and "The Menagerie, Part II": The court martial system is again seen as well as a reference to Starfleet General Orders.
- "Tomorrow is Yesterday": The crew of the USS Enterprise come into contact with several members of the United States Air Force. James Kirk tells John Christopher that Starfleet is a "combined service" when asked if the Enterprise was part of the United States Navy.
- "Errand of Mercy": Starfleet is described as consisting of dozens of starships which can form fleets to stop an invasion force. James Kirk refers to himself in this episode as a "soldier".
- "The Doomsday Machine": Starfleet regulations are again discussed, including the rights of a medical officer to relieve a commanding officer who is acting irrationally.
- "The Trouble with Tribbles": A Starfleet Admiral is seen for the first time.
- "By Any Other Name": It is mentioned that Starfleet has "handled foreign invasions before".
- "Turnabout Intruder": Court martial proceedings are again seen as well as discussions about medical regulations allowing for the relief of a Commanding Officer for cause.
The Feature Films
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture: The Starfleet Reserve is indirectly mentioned through the reserve activation clause. Regulations are discussed where an Admiral can take command of a starship in an emergency situation. While real world military regulations do exist for this occurrence, unlike the procedure seen in ST:TMP, this does not involve demoting the current Captain to the rank of Commander.
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: Starfleet Academy is again revisited with a large amount of material revealed on the training of Starfleet Midshipman as well as an advanced course of instructions for command division officers
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: A Starfleet Fleet Admiral is seen for the first time as well as the first promotion of a non-command officer (Montgomery Scott) to the rank of Captain.
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: Pavel Chekov is taken prisoner onboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and comes into contact with several United States Navy personnel.
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: Award ribbons are seen for the first time on the red jacket uniforms of Starfleet Admirals. The awards are positioned in the same manner as present day awards of the American military.
- Star Trek: Insurrection: Vice Admiral Matthew Dougherty is referred to as the military commander of a sector.
The Next Generation
- "Encounter at Farpoint": Q impersonates a Captain of the United States Marine Corps, to include using the saying "All it takes are a few good men" (the recruiting slogan of the USMC at the time that the pilot of The Next Generation was produced.
- "The Neutral Zone": Ralph Offenhouse states to Jean-Luc Picard that a military career does not involve that much business sense.
- "The Measure Of A Man": The Starfleet Judge Advocate General Corps is seen for the first time since the Original Series. A staff Captain also appears and it is discussed that Starfleet regulations require a court martial for any captain who loses his or her starship to an accident or enemy action.
- "The Icarus Factor": The promotion method to commanding officer and first officer are discussed as being partially determined by vacanies in the Starfleet when someone retires.
- "Peak Performance": It is observed that a person can be captain of a starship without actually holding the rank of captain (i.e. Commander William T. Riker in command of the Hathaway.)
Deep Space Nine
- "Little Green Men": Quark, Nog, and Rom travel back in time and encounter members of the U.S. Army Air Corps.
- "Future Tense": After traveling back in time, a shuttlecraft from the USS Voyager is mistaken for a military aircraft due to the annotation "USS" on its hull.
- "Minefield": Malcolm Reed's family history in the Royal Navy is discussed as well as his father dieing in a submarine accident.
- "First Flight": The Starfleet Test Pilot program is discussed, similar in its description to modern day military test flight programs.
- "The Xindi": The command center is introduced, somewhat similar to concept of a Navy Combat Information Center.