Did that line make it off the page and onto screen ? I can't remember hearing it.
Crazy Eddie wrote:
Apples to oranges; if "next door" is on a ship at sea, then it applies.
Your contention that the presence of civilians make Starfleet officers not military personal is unfounded and ridiculous, and that was my point. What does the presence of civilians have to do with the status of non-civilians and their organisation ?
Yes, the Enterprise-D has families on board because of the very long nature of its exploration mission. It's also tasked with protecting the assets of the Federation, and to that effect it can send the civilians away in the saucer section when about to engage in battle.
I seriously don't see why you can't understand that.