From: Sydney, Australia
Testing the latest beta m9 I noticed something odd for ranks of air leaders:
I'm using scenario 6 (start = Dec 8) for comparision with the latest non-beta version.
Leader ranks seem to be "out-of-order" for some leaders (I guess this happens for named leaders only, those with * on the group screen).
Examples looked up while running the beta, when running the latest official patch their ranks are in the COL/LTC/MAJ "range" on all screens:
Some units in Manchuria:
1st Hikotai IMAF: Leader rank on group screen = LGEN, leader rank on pilot roster = LGEN
2nd Hikotai IMAF: Leader rank on group screen = LTC, leader rank on pilot roster = MGEN
3rd Hikotai IMAF: Leader rank on group screen = COL, leader rank on pilot roster = MGEN
Example of a Takao-based recon unit:
4th Sentai Det A: Leader rank on group screen = MGEN, leader rank on pilot roster = MGEN
Additionally some of the IJ Navy leaders in Takao also show differences between rank on group screen and rank on pilot roster, but not in the GEN range (or would it be ADM then?), but of course I didn't scan through all units...
Generally spoken, I'm sure I see the same deviations in listed ranks for *-pilots in the latest official version, especially in japanese navy units but not with such "extreme" ranks (e.g. some "flying"-leaders are CDR on group screen and LT on pilot roster).
My guess is this isn't a game breaker at all, but it looks very odd to have LGEN/MGEN as combat pilots
The max/min ranks for the different nationality/service don't have the same number of ranks between them; a base rank is calculated and then a random number added to it to get the new 'commanding' rank. Sometimes this would cause the extreme rank.
Pilots can get promoted and their rank increase. This should flow onto their leader rank if they are a leader. Although sometimes, a pilot and leader have same name but are not linked (ie not same virtual person).