Why would I want to go down on any of my skills when they are all at 9? I am a Lt and only have a star ship crusier . So shouldn't I be up to the next level so I can up my skills?
Sounds like you have made a common mistake that a lot of people made at first. If you use the scroll bar to the side of your skill up screen, you will see that there are a lot more skills other than the ones you have been upgrading.
Don't feel bad.. as I said, a lot of people didn't realize this during beta.