From: Oregon, USA
What factors determine whether a Japanese air group can convert to to a kamikaze unit? All I can find in the manual (page 175) is that once the proper conditions are met one unit a day may convert, as long as that unit is not a transport aircraft unit. In practice, however, which units have the kamikaze option highlighted seems to be fairly capricious and random. I have played with supply levels, fatigue levels, proximity to parent HQ, and mission setting, and none of these seems to have an effect.
In my last couple of games as Japan I have put some effort into training select air groups in low naval attack, setting them up to be kamikaze units against the inevitable day the Allies get close enough for me to need them. These are usually bomber groups - I like to use rear-area groups flying Idas, Sonias, etc. for this purpose. But when the time comes these groups never seem to be able to convert. My elite fighter squadrons, on the other hand, are often eager to volunteer for the job. But not all fighter groups will convert, and not all bomber groups won't. Does anyone have any insight into this?