From: PDX (and now) London, UK
There is a gamey "bug" trick that is very difficult to not use since the other option is just too cumbersome. If you select from reserves using the 1, 5 , 10 pilot buttons you get them available right away. If you click one by one via mouse they will time to the reach unit.
Nothing gamey or buggy about this. It's designed to draw pilots immediately, and they are also drawn immediately by using the select by exp % area in the main group interface.
This game is an abstraction, and there are already enough clicks to pilot training and selecting. It's very complicated to keep the right kind of pilot in the right pool to be selected automatically. Pilots do appear immediately, and that abstracts the long supply and logistics chains that actually shipped and flew them into the combat theatres. It works the same for both sides, as stated above, so no worries. Grab 10 at a time!
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