Not sure if you can see when you are quoted, but I think you are confused about the Elite Bridge Officers. From the STO Website on them,
"These slots allow Bridge Officers to learn Ground Personal Traits, previously only the domain of Captains. The gain access to a default list based on their species. When the Captain acquires a new trait, they will be presented with a choice of which character to teach it to, opening the door for massively increased Bridge Officer customization. Note that a few traits, such as those which modify Captain powers or the Bond With Life trait, cannot be learned by Bridge Officers – these are marked as such in their More Details section. These tokens only apply to one character at a time, so make sure to apply them to the Bridge Officer you want to use them on."
So you should be able to open lockboxes and apply them to your Boff, except in a few specific cases. So it is a bug. It currently is working like you say it is, but it is supposed to do more.