I find it off that the only “Civilian” equipment Alpha Clones cannot use are Civilian Mining Drones… With the upcoming Resource Wars I think it might be a good idea to give Alpha Clones Mining Drone Opration level 1, and bump Mining Drone skill requirement up to Mining Drone Operation level 2.
This would give Alphas Civilian Mining Drones, but not Mining Drone I & II.
This would give them more ship options for Resource Wars, as well as boost their use in Moon Mining.
TLDR: Give Alphas Civilian Mining Drones, but not standard Mining Drones.
I can undertand your thoughts on this question honestly I was wondering that myself. But the answer is probably the same as why ccp wont let alphas ever get barges. They simply don’t want alphas to get to invested into mining.