Originally Posted by MESY
for any sailor if you are not going to over vetting, please class them normally.
this apply to all nations all sailors.
No, there are exceptions, especially with the lvl 90 neut. Any SS support, and all non-scout pilots should only be classed to the initial level. For subs, the added repair and restore ability of not classing them all the way is more important than the easily capped air/sonar. They lose 13 growth in those areas between 1st and chief after all, and that durability boost pays dividends for subs at all levels.
And for fighter/bomber pilots, the vet loss means that classing to ace or squadron leader will cost you in true ability. For ace, factoring the 30% vets, crew growth, and ability growth, you'll have a bit under 100k less true ability than leaving as fighter. That's about 3% less ability. Not a huge deal, but not worth paying the points for unless you're really tight on weight.