Re: Is it smart to have families on the Enterprise-D?
Death is the Only Option:
You're a low-ranking ensign on the Enterprise assigned to an away mission on a never-before visited planet. The rest of the away team consists of senior officers.
You're serving any position on any other Federation starship, your ship has been dispatched to rendezvous with the Enterprise.
For me, and for many of us, the future is now in the past.