From: Phoenix, AZ
I'll answer you specific questions, but do put in the effort to read over the many discussions on pilot training. Many other questions will be answered, and you find answers to questions you didnt know you needed to ask. :-)
1) TRACOM only accelerates the training within the 1-12 month training cycle. Refer to the manual for details on that.
2) Reserves pool is a pool of unassigned pilots grouped into Fighter, Bomber, Patrol, etc sub groups. These pilots can be of any experience level.
4) General Training will train many different skills, but will train Def faster than any other training mission. The skills trained depends on the plane type. ASW does not train in General afaik.
5) Training will increase Exp up to 50 rather quickly. From 50-60 Exp will increase slowly from training, but still increases. Training beyond 60 is largely considered a waste. Actual missions are required to increase Exp beyond 60. CAP, Naval Search, ASW are all "non-violent" missions you can rely on to increase Exp.
Grog Virgin fanboy