Do any of the novels specify the Command School is for _cadets_ (and cadets only)? The obvious parallel would be the Advanced Tactical Training that Ro Laren took, advancing from ensign to Lt(jg). I know Janeway merely said she attended, not at what stage in her career. An advanced command school for young (but post-cadet) officers would also clarify some things about Kirk and Saavik.--Emperorkalan 12:45, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

The term "cadet" seems to be used here to refer to any personnel who are attending school -- whether they already have officer commissions or not. This is in keeping with modern day usage -- the term "cadet" is not a rank as such in Starfleet or real-life. In real-life, a student officer holds no actual rank in the classroom, but would be called a midshipman if not yet commissioned and serving in the field. Either a student or a commissioned officer would be referred to as a "cadet" in an educational environment if that was the parlance of the instituion they attended.
In "The Kobayashi Maru", Scotty is an ensign when he takes his test. Sulu is mentioned to be at least 23, a post-graduate age. This is in keeping with Kirk, Saavik and Ro all attending school after being commissioned as officers. In fact, this seems to suggest that all of the command school trainees are post-graduate, and therefore are all already comissioned officers.-- Captain MKB 14:13, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for answering my in-universe question, but you may be off in current-day usage (depending on your source material). (At least, that's not quite what they told me at Annapolis ;)--Emperorkalan 03:14, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
i'd always welcome knowledgable enlightenment on real Navy info -- most of my knowledge is from crusty old library books and the wikipeddia pages that are based on them. -- Captain MKB 03:55, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
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