Assume I set up squads of 3, give them space to train and set them to a full-time training schedule of 2 dwarfs. How long can it take for my dwarves to become competent at what they are doing? Danger rooms and hunting wildlife aside, is there anything I can do to improve their training?

On a related note, it seems that squad size is inversely proportional to training speed (bigger squads train slower). Is this a bug? Has it been addressed somehow?

  • There's always the coinstar machine...! – Raven Dreamer Oct 25 '14 at 4:06
  • It seems to depend on what they're doing. If they never spar, it will take a lot longer for them to level up. I'm not sure what triggers sparring, though, because Ive had militaries that never sparred. – Kyranstar Oct 31 '14 at 23:35
  • A sparring sesssion requires all active squad members to be attending. Since dwarfs are often otherweise occupied, a larger squad size results in a lower training speed. This is behavior is known.
  • DFHack has a tweak to speed up military training to compensate for that.
  • The most important aspects of efficient military training are
    • Squad size
    • Distance to food/water
    • Teaching and weapon skill of the squad leader
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