Having finished reading I would not be surprised if Picard resigned his commission at the end of The Body Electric.
I can see Worf becoming captain and Geordi first officer (shiny red turtleneck). The only problem would be, if
Data returned to Starfleet, he could just fill the role of second officer again - no real progress in his career except a new gold pin.
BTW, where is Lal's corpse at the moment? Aboard the Achaeus