From: El Paso, TX
As usual, the best solution is to "Ask Alfred":
3. Unless you are prepared to make the necessary investment 10 pilots of a particular nationality, then you don't get much value out of sending pilots to TRACOM. To benefit from TRACOM you mst have 10 USA pilots to speed up the graduation rate of USA pilots. If you had a mixture of 6 USA + 1 Aust + 2 British + 1 USN, that would not work. You would need all 10 TRACOM pilots to be USA.
Training is not really improved by having experienced pilots amongst the rookies.
Pilots in TRACOM will speed up the graduation process. Pilots enter flight school and it takes them 12 months to graduate. TRACOM can push some pilots to complete a semester quicker, thereby ultimately graduating in less than 12 months. However additional trainees do not enter flight school to fill the spots vacated by the quicker graduating pilots.
Graduating pilots come out with experience which is within a range +/- of the national average. Having pilots in Tracom will aid reducing the negative spread but will not boost them to above the national average.
The working of TRACOM and pilot training/experiences is one of the most common subjects I have answered over the years. The most recent thread is this:
Of the two things which TRACOM does, only one is visible to the player viz the faster graduation.
1. Faster graduation, if it occurs at all that month, does so only on the first of the month.
2. Faster graduation occurs much less than 50% of the time. Allied players, provided they have at least 10 pilots of a discrete nationality in TRACOM, tend to see it more often because they have many more nationalities available than do Japanese players who are limited to only two nationalities.
3. Faster graduation is more likely to occur to nationalities in the lower national graduating pilot experience cohorts.
1) The primary benefit of TRACOM is to speed up the training process for some pilots, so they spend less than 12 months in training. This is particularly important for Japan since HI is precious and it costs "X" amount of HI per pilot per day ("X"=5 according to RangerJoe) while they are in the training system (i.e. prior to graduation and entering the reserve pool, at which point they cost nothing).
2) This is a REAL benefit since accelerated graduation does NOT result in additional pilots entering the training system to make up for the early graduates.
3) The second benefit is a bit more esoteric. Pilots do not graduate from training AT the "nationality experience level", but within a "plus-minus" range in which the "high point" is the national average. "Having pilots in Tracom will aid in reducing the negative spread but will not boost them to above the national average".
4) HOWEVER. In order for TRACOM to work, you need at least 10 TRACOM pilots of a given nationality to speed up the training of pilots of THAT nationality (For Japan, that means IJA and IJN are two different nationalities).
Edit: On reflection, I think some of the confusion is due to the term "National Average". It would better be described as "National Maximum".
< Message edited by Kull -- 2/11/2020 5:20:16 PM >