This is something that's bothered me ever since I found it out, but I have kept to myself... until now.
Yesterday, I did a Cardassian exchange program, and I sent in a green quality DOff. I got a green one back, only this one was a civilian. So I looked at my DOff list, and to my chagrin, I found 10 cardassian civies sitting looking pretty.
So I feel I must ask... why can we not use civilians as part of the exchange program? I mean, at first you will answer "they aren't officers. DUH." Well my answer would be "neither are the ones we get back. DUH." So again, if we can get civilians from these officer exchange programs, why can't we send civilians on them?