I have a variety of issues. Any idea what the reason on the scriptwriters part was? was it to make him a more central aspect of the show. or did they want to write him out for a season or two. He does, obviously appear almost every episode after he comes back to DS9 and becomes Jakes Roommate. Beyond that it said a letter of refrence from a "Command level officer" is needed. What, for the sake of refrence, is a command level officer. Someone commander and above, a Redshirt? Ideas how most people find a command level officer to sponsor them, or is the policy MEANT to exclude those not allready chummy with such a individual. Like say Ro Larren probaly didnt meet a starfleet officer till she fled her homeworld.