There is still a problem when equiping a bounded item from inventory by rightclicking it and press "equipt", then the question pops up if you wanne use it as it will be bound to you. Either way you accept it or not the item stays in your inventory, it will not be equipted.
So you have to open the inventory and status-window and drag and drop the item and press OK on the question rather it will be bound or not. After accepting it, the "equipt"-function works correctly for that item.
i have had this issue but with a BO. i completed a mision and picked a science officer. i found it in my inventory. i right click and equip. the officers requests to join my crew. i click recruit/join. nothing happens!!