From: Where the heart is; Home of the Fighting Irish
Humbly submitting my thoughts.
Now Jan 2, 1942
All the following is for the USA. Basically there are 25 restricted bombers and 26 restricted fighters. There are like 10-15 unrestricted fighters and bombers, with more coming in soon.
Since the beginning all restricted groups were and will stay as training units. I completely filled the groups to max with fresh meat (some in the low teems skill; everyone was pulled from the replacements). If there were vets, each unit got a vet (fighters come out well, ASW is terrible). Have a high leadership (helps with xp), air (helps with skill) and aggression for fighters.
I currently have the following pilots in training with average primary skill for the units.
160 NavB, 30-35
120 Ground, 40-50
110 ASW, 25-30
760 fighters, 2/3 of units have skills in the 60s others 50s.
It appears that the general XP of the pilots are about 15-20% less then their primary skill. That can be worked on in combat.
I will get the average to 65+ for fighters and switch to 100’ sweep for the defend skill to about 60 or so, that should get the general xp close to combat I hope.
I will switch to more Ground Bomb in a bit, but right now, I am most concerned about his subs and TF. Take a look at your DD xp, most are like 50s, now get depressed and look at your YP xp, they start in the teens. Until the first upgrade and they get radar, none of the ASW TF is really ineffective. I will always use ASW, as most of the map is water and the IJN subs are effective.
More NavB since I will have to fight to get close to land. Let me sink some ships now and hit him with ground in a bit. NavB is also for the few USN training units which are for the CV’s DB. There is like one or two TB training units. Also, remember that the Kingsfish (4) are USN, and so are those training units above for the NavB (and a few US Army units for NavB, remember you’re A-24 Banshees (DB) which come in early and are US Army units.).
I do not bother to train Nav Search since the PBYs are USN and there are no USN groups (other than 4 Kingsfish, the TB and DB, and need to be kept for the CV units).
All the ASW training units sit on the West Coast and do 50/50 on ASW and training. That way they can hunt for the subs while training.
NZ units will all train on ASW and a bit on NavB. They will not really see action, just defend the home waters.
Oz will do pretty much the same thing, closer to 50/50 on the ASW vs NavB. Those dang pesky subs are killers around OZ.
China is ALL ground.
India will be 1/3 Ground, ASW, and NavB.
Do not forget to train the Soviets at the beginning. Just takes time to set up and leave it alone, but if it gets activated, they will be ready to rock and roll.
These are just my thoughts.
"War makes Heros on both sides." Hero (the movie)