I've run through the tutorial scenario a second time now, as NATO, and I was curious to see how the FSCC handled fire support. So I checked that box up front and let it ride. The effect seemed to be no effect: there was no artillery or mortar fire (that I could see) for multiple cycles (and there were plenty of targets and threats).
Then I tried assigning artillery to direct support--again, no fires resulted.
During these periods, there were no notices of fire support assetts displacing or doing counterbattery.
I finally shrugged and just kept scrolling through the mortars and artillery and assigning barrages, which worked (so it wasn't that the fire support units weren't available or responsive). I could see, however, that clicking through all the fire support could become unmanageable.
So, my questions are:
1.What does direct support actually do in game terms (the manual is vague on this)?
2. Other than assigning a fire support assett to provide direct support to a particular unit, is there some other step that I'm missing?
3. What are the signs that the FSCC is handling fires? (Is there someplace that I can review the FS que?).
4. Am I missing an in-game step of some kind that needs to be done to prompt fires when the FSCC control box is ticked?