This classification has several important differences from other classifications. ANIMAL may not be selected as a skill or classification. In addition, ANIMALs may not
- attempt missions alone;
- meet ship staffing requirements, including the matching affiliation requirement;
- enable the use of hand weapons or initiate battles;
- commandeer, or apply their affiliation to a commandeered ship or facility;
- use their classification to staff a Kurlan Naiskos; or
- be assimilated or targeted for assimilation.
A personnel of this classification remains an animal even if its classification is removed or changed, and is subject to all the normal restrictions on ANIMALs. Otherwise, ANIMALs are affected normally by all cards.