Really? if so my own recall is wrong is fine, i am wrong a lot of the time.
I do have an recall of playing in a full non protected match with a Tier five ship and when the match right after was in the protection in a tier four it maybe a Match Maker thing, with out the data all of this is just chatting around in ground therapy.
Maybe the question is how fast a player moves out of the protected zone and how bad the shock effect is? And thinking on it the order you unlock things is odd, like the Scenarios way before you would unlock a ship to play them with and captains should be unlocked a lot sooner, if not right away,