Hi. I have an Admiral Upper Half character and would like to tank for my friends who are just getting started here. With the way the game has it's mission difficulties set up, is this possible? I tried to do this once, but the level was set to LV. 45 difficulty, not 10 (or whatever).
You have to use the level match feature. Have one of your lower-level friends form the party, then click an icon next to their character portrait where it lists all your party members on your UI to lower your level to your friends'.
As the team leader, look at your Team UI, right click on the lowest level teammate and select "Set Squad Leader". After this, have everyone in the team including yourself click on the button to the left of their own portrait's.
You will now be playing at the same level of the selected Squad leader. Do this before entering systems, stay within range of the squad leader, and you're set.
Everyone else already gave you the answer you needed. I'd like to add just one more thing: Remember, although you'll be sidekicked down to their level, you'll still have the VA ship, the MK XI weapons, the MK XI consoles, if you open fire, you'll be able to pop most anything before they get off a shot.
Tank for them but remember you're still overpowered in low level areas, so let them do the shooting for the most part or it could become very boring for your friends.
And, you can always select a lower ranked ship to use. You'll still have all your personal abilities, but your BOFFs will be more to your friend's levels, and if you don't load up on your big weapons, you won't be overpowering the missions.