I'm lvling up my 4th character now and just finishing farming the Rolor Nebula for Capt rank Exploration Badges 4th degree. I really needed a new ship shield array but when I got to the vendor NPC at SB1 it said I needed 3rd degree badges to buy the gear.
How does this make sense when 3rd degree exp badges are from Cmdr lvl missions?!
I don't recall it being that way with my other characters lvling up, however it's been a while since I lvled a Fed character.
Is this the way it's supposed to be? or is it a bug?