I just happened to return to Trek BBS, and I was wondering if the Federation had their own version of the American Civil Service System, and yet we do not see anyone who is a civilian in the work force, except for a few notable characters. In all honesty I would say that the Federation needs civilians, everything from Guards/Security, teachers, botanists, folks in the physical and medical sciences, engineers to develop and design new high tech gadgets to the civilian clerk who works in a starbase to the physicians, nurses, and medical technicians working aboard Star Ships. The problem with trying to write for a TV program is this... Money, and a star to fill in these jobs. So we have a few token individuals, Guinan who is not from Earth, Dr. Phlox, and those countless red shirted security officers who get killed on duty, but are not in command. I think that there is a Federation Civil Service system in place, and it will be there to help and serve the Federation.