This really ticks me off big time. I finish a mission and get to choose between 3 kits.I as a captain already have one, but My science officer doesn't. So I choose a kit for my science officer. Then what do I find out.I CAN'T EQUIP MY SCIENCE OFFICER WITH A SCIENCE OFFICER KIT !!!!! Huh? What kind of game is this Cryptic/? Why get rewards you can't use/ go figure
All gear in the game is rank and Mark limited. Lieutenants can only use Mk 1 or Mk 2 gear. Lt. Cmdrs can use up to Mk 3 and Mk 4 gear. Commanders can use up to Mk 5 and Mk 6 gear, and so on. You can't give your Lieutenant a higher Mk gear and expect him to use it. This was all covered in the Tutorial.
Edit: If you are talking about your Science BO, they don't get kits. Their special abilities that you spend Merits on for them for are their Kits. If you train a Science BO in healing it's assumed he has a healing Kit to do the healing.
The gear level is based on YOU not what rank the boff is.
Further, they don't get the same level of benefit from those items as they would if they were that rank. For example, if I give one of my BOs (who are all Commander level) a MK XI item, they're not going to get all the stats from that item but they will be able to equip/use it (just at a reduced level of effectiveness, probably on par with their actual rank).