Ok, so from what i've read, the only way to train a bridge officer special abilities like high yield torpedo III or cannon rapid fire III is to also be a tactical officer.
I decided to play an engineering captain flying escort ships for the balance of attack and defense, but I wasn't aware that i can't train my bridge officers these abilities.
(thanks for explaining it, cryptic!)
My question is, am I just **** out of luck? Is there nothing I can do to attain these bridge officer abilities now? I know I chose an "off" class for my ship, but I wasn't aware i'd be losing these unlockable abilities as well. If that's the case, then I don't think it was worth it. I can't use any engineering special abilities - escorts don't have slots for lt. cmdr or higher of engineering or science officers. So that's out.
It just doesn't seem right. This feels like a penalty to mixed-class ships, which would compel most players to play straight tactical/escort, engineering/cruiser, or science/science. And that just seems unlikely.