This is something that has me real confused. At at the Commander levels and some of my bridge officers have two abilities I can use during space combat, yet some only have the one ability I can use. All my bridge officers are the the same levels/rank/etc. How do I go about deciding which ones get two active slots and what abilities to of theirs to use, or does the computer decide this?
Cruiser = extra Engineer BO abilities
Escort = extra Tactival BO abilities
Science = extra Science BO abilities
Press "U" and open your assignments tab to assign bridge officers. You'll want to make sure that you have a "Lieutenant Commander" bridge officer assigned to the Lt. Cmdr slot in order to make full use of his/her abilities. You CANNOT use additional abilities from a bridge officer who is assigned to a lower-level slot (i.e., a Lt. engineer B.O. assigned to the ensign slot will only be able to use his ensign ability).