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Starfleet psych evaluators have seen individuals similar to Cadet O’Kennedy in the past. Some have been unable to pursue a successful service career—though most of these are eliminated in the selection process. Those that eventually achieve a commission frequently become some of the finest officers.

Cadet O’Kennedy has several traits that bode well for his career. He is extremely good with others and tends toward a leadership role in most situations, not by force but through group consensus. He has many friends, particularly among his female classmates. Even those fellow cadets that display some jealously about his abilities tend to like him as a person and enjoy his company.

At the same time, though Cadet O’Kennedy is unfailingly friendly and charming, he is not prone to deep relationships. In our experience, the most challenging lesson for new commanding officers is that while a certain sense of camaraderie is necessary on a starship, a captain cannot consider the crew close friends. Command requires difficult choices—and it appears from recent galactic events, that Cadet O’Kennedy may face many of these in his career—that are made all the more difficult by personal entanglements or charges of favoritism.

During his time at the Academy so far, Cadet O’Kennedy has also demonstrated considerable creativity. Many of these instances have not been associated with conduct becoming a Starfleet officer, but, if directed correctly, they predict adaptability in the field. We point in particular to the recent gender-reversing reprogramming of the Academy transporters. Cadet O’Kenndy was never definitively identified as the prankster in this case—his evasion of detection is all the more indication of his potential.

Finally, Cadet O’Kennedy has displayed, both in formal interviews with evaluators and under more informal observation, a considerable degree of self-knowledge. On occasion, he articulated conclusions about his own personality that evaluators were only beginning to formulate.

Cadet O’Kennedy also faces a number of challenges to a bright career. His outward charm is often a cover for deeper anxieties. He worries about his capacity live up to the reputation he has crafted for himself and is afraid that, in a moment of crisis, his vaunted abilities will be revealed as little more than a sham. He often feels he needs to prove himself. As a command officer, the wild side that he cultivated (and was often tacitly awarded for) in the Academy will likely lead him into rash decisions and overly heroic actions.

This self-doubt, coupled with his frequent self-reflection, could lead to exaggerated remorse, particularly after difficult decisions. Questioning their own decisions has led more than a few Starfleet captains into very dark places from which few have ever returned with their command ability intact.

Also despite appearances, Cadet O’Kennedy is a very private and sensitive person. Particularly since the death of his mother last year, his light-heartedness hides occasional bouts of melancholy. We do not currently know for certain how Cadet O’Kennedy will react to his next encounter with death, which, once again given recent events on the Romulan and Klingon fronts, as well as elsewhere, is likely to be sooner rather than later.

Finally, while Cadet O’Kennedy’s prior experience in space was a major factor in his admission to the Academy, his time outside the traditional command structure has nurtured a strong independent streak. He is less bound to strictly following orders than other cadets and more likely to act on his own initiative. He frequently believes that he knows best how to handle situations (despite his self-doubt after the fact).

We do not believe that any of these challenges would surprise Cadet O’Kennedy and we suspect he is already privately aware that he will need to mature as a person to realize his full potential as a Starfleet officer. Evaluators are reasonably certain that he will eventually fulfill his promise. We therefore recommend his graduation and assignment.

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