Okay, I am a Certified Jap Fanboy (tm), but I have to say this is nuts given the current state of things. This allows Japanese players to use bomb training to basically get themselves an endless supply of 90+ experience fighter crews.
Does this really change Japans ability to train pilots. Fighter planes can bomb too, and most players do just that. The types of planes used for training might change but not the trianing itself.
Yes, it does. Realize that the limiting factor in training is the number of Daitai you can train with and suitable bases to train. To train fighters, I have to take a Daitai off the line and set it to pound an undefended base or out of supply LCU. If Japan has 20 fighter Daitai, you have to move 5 to 10 of those to training to keep up with pilot losses. Now, I can put all my transport and bomber squadrons to work training my fighter pilots (set them to deliver supply to their own base in the home islands, when their experience level gets to an accceptable level, overstuff one unit and disband it into the historical pilot pool. Then just draw pilots as replacements. This can increase by 33 to 100 percent the available fighter Daitai the IJN player has.
Training fighter pilots as Japan requires a range 1 (or max 2) base, or ops losses will cause too many losses while training. That is not always as easy to find as you might believe. Now, Japan can train fighter pilots using recon, LBA, patrol, transport, etc. Daitai to a very high level of experience.
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