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Janeway demoting the surviving Equinox crew members

USS Equinox crewmembers being demoted

A demotion was the reduction of rank within a military or other hierarchical structure for an individual, the opposite of a promotion.

In 2266, Decius was demoted two ranks 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. (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")

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")

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