How many ships/personnel do you think Starfleet has?
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Join Date: Dec 2007
02-17-2012, 11:19 PM
There would have to be at least that many front line vessels. Probably just as many 2nd and 3rd tier reserves pulled out of mothballs for interior security and general business.
Wouldn't be surprised if the total was considerably more than that really.
My question is how to they manage to train all those personnel at one academy?
I would think all the Federation founding worlds (at least) would have full academies with other key systems having lesser academies for the first 2 or so years of the basics before students transfer to one of the main academies.
Think along the same line as colleges. Its not uncommon for students to take basic requirements at a local college before transferring to a larger university for final specialized classes. This would explain why all the shows characters went there, they are the absolute cream of the crop.
Using that analogy, SFA Earth would be a Harvard/Yale etc equivalent. Other founding worlds would be major state colleges, Tennessee State or Oklahoma State for example. This would be where the general rank and file of Star Fleet would be educated. All excellent officers, but not quite as highly qualified as the guys who get into SFA Earth.
Other worlds would be local community colleges for very basic training. Anyone and everyone could start here and move up as they qualify.