From: San Antonio, TX
ORIGINAL: Cap Mandrake
I likely the idea of stripping pilots...administratively, I mean. How do I get the experience ones back into the pool? Do I put them in squadron reserve then ask for them from another squadron?
Request veterans (little doohickey to the right of the request pilot thingie) and pick your vet. Leave 81+ vets in the pool to help train the dummies. In fact, you should send your 81+ pilots from active duty to TRACCOM. You have several squads in the west coast that have early withdrawal dates (june 42 etc) and some worthless wapitis in India. Put as many green pilots as you can in these and start training. When the withdrawal date gets close either disband to the pool (if the squad is not returning) or withdraw and the squad will come back trained. Slicker than snake snot!
Right..I can see how you can purposely select "retards" for a doomed squadron, but how do you send back the good ones?
When you're ready to refill with lesser "retards" (i.e., more qualified pilots), there's a few ways you can do it.
The easiest way:
1. Find the squadron page that you wish to populate with decent pilots.
2. Toggle their pilot pool draw to 'reserve'. Select 'manual' from the top of the page too.
3. Click 'get pilot'. The computer will automatically select a pilot from your [blank] reserve that best suits your needs. It will generally do a decent job of selecting fighter pilots of good air combat skill to fill your ranks, for example. Of course, this assumes that you've properly populated your reserve pools.
(see numbers 4 and beyond below)
The harder way (but, with more personalized control):
1. See #1 above.
2. Toggle the pilot pool draw to 'any'. Select 'manual' from the top of the page too.
3. Click 'select veteran'. You will be brought to a page with a large roster of pilots with different sortable skills (e.g., air, naval torpedo, ground bombing, etc.). Select an individual pilot that exists (note: some of these pilots have not yet arrived. Don't ask-it's a long story. For best results, don't pick those yet unborn) that suits your particular fancy and skill set.
4. Return to your pilot page and check out your haul. 8/15 (don't ask) chance that your pilot won't be there just yet-check back in a week. Otherwise, they'll have a listed delay between 1-7 (days), as they are in transit for the duration.
5. [a week goes by] Check the squadron page again. Pilots that have arrived but have not yet been activated can be discerned by the number of pilots on the squadron page. For example, 15(1) means 15 active pilots, one inactive pilot. Go to the pilot page and right click on the pilot (grayed out) with the delay of one. This will return him to active duty. Your pilot number should now be 16(0).
6. Lather, rinse and repeat.
Hope this helps.