The Toybox

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Butting in to say that I also made the assumption that it's not the first time that these cadets have been on a starship- just because they're in their third year as cadets doesn't mean that cadet training doesn't require some kind of rotation on an actual ship. I don't think that "four years at the Academy" can necessarily mean four years spent PHYSICALLY at the Academy.

That's the conclusion I came to too, eventually. Because, really, you need somebody on the crew to have ship experience, and they were mostly all cadets.

Actually, there were only 4 cadets on the bridge--and Kirk adn Uhura were given their bridge assignments by Pike once the crisis started. Tehre were still loads of other folks like Hawkins and the blonde chick who was "MINIMUM SAFE DISTANCE PLS!" and it is only one duty shift out of 4. But my in-story explanation is that Enterprise being the only ship sent to Vulcan with no crew meant it was staffed almost entirely by cadets.

And it's not unheard of. In fact, it takes the scenario directly from Star Trek II, which is also a cadet crew on a shakedown cruise.

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