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Janeway demoting the surviving Equinox crew members

USS Equinox crewmembers being demoted

A demotion was when an individual within a military or other hierarchical structure was given a reduction of rank by a commanding officer. A demotion was by definition the opposite of a promotion.

Punitive cases Edit

In most cases, a demotion was a form of punishment for a failure to follow orders or other forms of gross negligence, short of a court martial.

In 2259 of the alternate reality, James T. Kirk was demoted from captain to the rank of commander after he had violated the Prime Directive on the planet Nibiru. Later, Kirk was assigned as first officer of the USS Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

In 2266, Decius was demoted two steps in rank by his commanding officer for sending an unauthorized transmission to the praetor on Romulus. (TOS: "Balance of Terror")

In 2269, Janice Lester (posing as James T. Kirk) and Leonard McCoy discussed the service record of Arthur Coleman, who had lost his post as chief medical officer. Lester told McCoy that promotions and demotions were subject to political maneuvering, but McCoy stated this wasn't the case either at Starfleet Headquarters or the Starfleet Surgeon General. (TOS: "Turnabout Intruder")

In 2286, Admiral Kirk was demoted to captain by the Federation Council for disobeying a direct order from the Commander, Starfleet, Harry Morrow. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Following an incident on Garon II in the 2360s, Ro Laren was demoted to ensign. (TNG: "The Next Phase")

In 2372, Dukat was demoted from chief military advisor of the Detapa Council to commanding the freighter Groumall. Dukat later thought about demoting his rival Gul Marratt and assigning him to the Cardassian embassy on Breen, when it seemed Dukat could return to power. (DS9: "Return to Grace")

Later that same year, when Worf and his brother Kurn were infiltrating the IKS Drovana, the two were confronted by a lieutenant. Worf, who was posing as Commander Sorval, threatened the officer to "leave us, or I shall have you stripped of rank and sent home in a transport." (DS9: "Sons of Mogh")

In 2374, when Damar was manning the security office on Deep Space 9 instead of Odo, Major Kira Nerys sarcastically asked him if Dukat had demoted him to security detail. (DS9: "Behind the Lines")

The same year, Seven of Nine reassigned Harry Kim to chamber maintenance and gave him the new designation Two of Ten, essentially demoting him. When Kim protested, Seven claimed this was a useful Starfleet protocol she had adapted. (VOY: "The Omega Directive")

In 2375, Tom Paris was demoted from lieutenant junior grade to ensign for disobeying orders by Captain Kathryn Janeway. (VOY: "Thirty Days")

In 2376, Janeway stripped the surviving USS Equinox crewmembers of rank, demoting them all to crewmen. (VOY: "Equinox, Part II")

That year, Phlox mistakenly informed his superiors that The Doctor was in command of the USS Voyager. Fearing demotion, he asked the Voyager to maintain that illusion to a number of Hierarchy ships. (VOY: "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy")

In an alternate timeline 2404, Captain Harry Kim worried that Starfleet Command would demote him back to ensign once they learned about him and Kathryn Janeway attempting to alter the timeline. (VOY: "Endgame")

Non-punitive cases Edit

In other cases, a temporary grade reduction may be given to an officer as a non-punitive formality, or political move.

In the early 2370s, Vice Admiral James T. Kirk replaced Captain Will Decker as the captain of the USS Enterprise, giving the Captain a temporary grade reduction to commander and had him stay on as the ship's executive officer. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

Commander William T. Riker was granted as field commission to Captain of the USS Enterprise-D following the capture of Captain Jean-Luc Picard by the Borg in 2366. After the return of Picard to the Enterprise, Riker resumed his role and first officer and returned to his previous rank of Commander. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds", "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", "Family")

Late in the Dominion War in 2375, General Martok was honored by Chancellor Gowron with the Star of Kahless, who described the General as "the most famous warrior in the Empire." Following the ceremony, Gowron took over Martok's command with the preface that "I can't ask you to carry this weight forever. It's time for me to take a more active role in this war," before announcing that "I'm assuming direct command of our forces." Gowron sugar-coated the demotion by telling Martok to "Be happy. You're a warrior again. No more meetings, no more reports to file. You'll be out there, savoring the heat of battle. I envy you." In reality, according to Worf, this was a political move made by the Chancellor because he wished to be the savior of the Empire himself. (DS9: "When It Rains...")

These latter forms of "demotion" is known as a "reversion", but was never explained as such on screen.

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