As Starfleet follows U.S. Naval protocol in rank and most terminology, the term "Mister" is an appropriate (and required) form of address among officers. It should be noted that the character of Saavik was originally supposed to be male, but the first response is correct, in proper naval parlance, officers with the rank of Lieutenant may be refered to as Mister, regardless of their gender.
Well, I gotta tell ya shipmates I must disagree with some of the above due to personal experience, and I have served in many commands with many officers both male and female. In my entire U.S. Navy career of almost 20 years, I never heard a female officer refered to as "Mister." I heard many male officers refered to as such but never a female. And it wasn't just Lieutenants, it was any non-flag rank officer. Now I know in ST, in an attempt to make the Fleet more gender neutral, "Mister" may apply to either gender, as well as the title "Sir," but not in the modern U.S. Navy...maybe in modern navies of other countries.- CDRCasey
Just out of curiosity, CDRCasey, how are female officers addressed ? Female officers in the Navy are addressed as Ma'am.
This changed a couple of decades ago. Remember that movie came out in 1982. At first throughout the military, sir and mister were used even for women, and so Star Trek writers must have assumed it would always be that way. That changed I guess because people thought it was silly, and that's why in later Star Trek productions (Voyager for example) you mostly hear ma'am.
In Voyager, it was because Janeway said that despite protocol, she didn't like being addressed as sir. Whether or not that is a reflection on the real world is something I can't comment on.
Well they could have done like Daniel Craig's James Bond and call her Mom. Apparently, the retconned title M now stands for Mom as they call her that throughout both of his movies. Wonder how the old M would have felt?
- Actually, that's not a retcon of "M" he is calling her Ma'am, Craig's accent is a bit thicker than that of the previous couple of Bonds, so it's easy to missunderstand. It is fairly common among british english speakers to pronounce "Ma'am" more like "Mum" or "Mom"-Cpthunt 05:49, April 11, 2012 (UTC)
To answer the above question, though I do not know who I am addressing due to lack of a signature: Yes, in my experience, female officers in today's U.S. Navy are referred to as "Ma'am" in lue of "Sir" and/or by their rank (Lieutenant, Commander, Ensign) vice “Mister.” An example: Lt. John Doe might be referred to as “Mister Doe,” or as “Lt. Doe,” but Lt. Jane Doe would be referred to as simply “Lt. Doe” -CDRCasey