Way back when you were a Lieutenant Commander and you were desperate for any BOff to fill a seat, you Commissioned a Green BOff, whom you loved and cherished and trained and promoted. You've been through hard times together. But along the way you've run into a few Purple BOffs with the exact set of traits you want, and Greenie Lameo was sidelined. Now, with all the mission reward BOffs and the Recruiting BOffs you've earned along the way your roster is pretty full.
Then along comes this sweet BOff you can really use, but you have no space on your roster. Someone has to go...
You could give Greenie to another player, but you can't sell her or turn her into a manual or donate her to a project. Of course you can 'trade' the BOff, or give it away using the trade interface, but who wants Greenie Lameo? Some newguy on ESD?
So, you are stuck, like the boy in Old Yeller, taking your BOff for that last walk to the airlock. It's been real, yo. Swoosh!
Is that the best we can do?
Here are some ideas for alternate uses for BOffs:
* Assign as Captain of a ship in the Admiralty system. This would give a +1, +2, or +3 point bonus, depending on quality, to the department of the BOff, so a Tac vessel with a Sci BOff assigned as Captain would get a bonus to its Sci rating. I would limit shuttles to not having a BOff slot, ships below T3 would only have a Green BOff slot, and ships below T5 could only have Green or Blue BOffs assigned as their captains. T5+ ships could, of course, have any BOff assigned as Captain.
* Assign as Fleet Starbase Personnel. Essentially useless but cosmetic NPCs walk around the base now. Depending on the level of the base, a number of BOff slots could be made available to your Fleet. These characters could then be available for reassignment to other fleet personnel at need, or traded/dismissed by the Fleet leadership. I would number the slots and have them correspond to stations on the Starbase, so you know the Engineering BOff slot 23 will be found in the Fabrication section and your character can go there to see the BOff performing her new duties.
* Deactivated and put up for sale on the exchange. Who wouldn't want to buy a BOff with every Power available to her class? Or buy her for that one Power the purchaser can't train? Trained BOffs should be a different category from Candidate BOffs, and should not be able to be converted nto manuals.
*Assigned as Captain of Active vessels in the Player's Hangar, which are then called when the player uses Fleet Support. The Fleet Support vessels will be generic models of the ship types, but may then use the Abilities and Traits of the Captain(s) assigned to the ship(s).
So, present your better ideas on what to do with your old BOffs, or refine the ideas I've presented. I know the Roleplayer guys will love some long-term solutions to the 'disposal' issue.