However, in real life, most pilots were officers to begin with. Some *did* start from the other ranks and managed to make considerable progress, mostly because casualties suffered during the war made the air forces look for suitable people in circles that wouldn't even have been considered in normal times (early 20th century world wasn't very egalitarian or democratic), but it wasn't nearly as common as it is in these flight sims. My thinking of starting as a Leutnant reflected this historical background.
In WOFF, promotion rate seems to depend on how many kills you can get. My experience is that two-seater pilots with few kills get promoted considerably slower than fighter pilots with plenty of victories. So in this campaign, I intend to keep flying two-seaters as long as my pilot lasts.
Anyway, I'll be joining the campaign tomorrow!
"Upon my word I've had as much excitement on a car as in the air, especially since the R.F.C. have had women drivers."
James McCudden, Five Years in the Royal Flying Corps