Xargun -> RE: Update (8/11/2011 3:25:21 PM)
Not nearly enough, you shouldn't even put a limit on the number of pilots to have in reserve. Heavy combat will see them dwindle quickly. A lot of people shoot for 50exp/70air/70def
Once the skills reach the high 60's to 70 mark it's best to get that pilot switched over to a combat formation to gain experience. It takes too long to train skills above 70. You want high turnover, once you've reached the skill level you need switch them out and get green pilots started.
Experience levels grind to a halt around 50 while training, anything higher needs to be gained from flying actual missions and combat.
Make sure all your units not on the frontline are maxed out with pilots and you are set to 80-100% training. A three month training cycle seems to get the numbers up in time.
If you rely on only pulling pilots out with 76+ experience into your reserve, they will not last very long. Your reserve should rely on trained pilots, not on pulling out combat veterans. It's a good idea to save some veterans for the better aircraft later of course or put your 80+ exp pilots into TRACOM to save them for later, but it's not enough to fill your reserves or keep your combat units effective over the long term.
You will need thousands over the course of the war. Good luck.
My Current Training Regime
If a unit is not actually flying in combat they are set to 40% training - even while resting and replacing aircraft. All units behind the lines are set at 40% training and once they begin to hit 50 exp I begin making them fly actual missions - CAP, recon, whatever -- this seems to be the way to get over the 50 exp hump. Then once they are 75 or so in exp (and the correct skill is 70+) I place them in reserve.
I also try to keep 1 80+ exp pilot in the unit as I remember seeing posts on the forums that that seems to help the training of other pilots in the unit. From my brief observations that does seem true.
I have never played a PBeM past Aug 1942 so have little experience on what to expect beyond that point.
From what you guys are saying I am taking too few pilots - I am only taking the 'best' and not the 'good enough'. Correct ? I need to lower my standards so I have enough masses for the late war.
Ok so I should be looking at roughly 100+ new reserve pilots a month right now so in 44 and 45 I have enough. Understood.
Another question for you. Should I be pulling these pilots from my front line units and replacing with green recruits? Won't that leave my fighting units very weak ? Right now I only have to worry about the Allied bombers shooting down my fighters - even my Oscars are kicking the allied fighters out of the skies. But that should start changing as he gets better aircraft. If I pull too much from my front line units they will take even worse losses compounding my problem. Would something like this work?
Pull pilots with correct skills and exp 70+ out of front line units. Use reserve / resting / training units to provide pilots of 55+ exp for reserve. Keep front line units filled pilots of 55+ exp so they I can still expect 'decent' results from them.
Thanks for your input.