Early Starfleet History was a course part of the Starfleet Academy curriculum, testing cadets on their knowledge of the history of Starfleet. One of the topics covered was the historic five-year mission of the USS Enterprise, as well as its later missions.

In 2378, Captain Kathryn Janeway of the USS Voyager instructed Icheb on Early Starfleet History as part of his Academy distance education studies. After hearing a portion of his long-winded presentation on Captain James T. Kirk, she passed him, saying he clearly had a grasp of the subject matter. When Q Junior appeared after Icheb left, he told her that he would have failed the boy, saying the report made Kirk seem as exciting as a Vulcan funeral dirge. (VOY: "Q2")

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