In a current pbem EAW game, as Germany, I chose the balanced defense starting plan. When first examining my starting forces, I found it surprising how prevalent poor quality officers were. But, I shrugged it off and played on.
Several months into the game, I raised new officers in Berlin and sent a number of fresh, generic 3-1-1s to replace 2-1-1s on the Western front. To my surprise and horror, when the new 3-1-1s officers arrived at their duty stations, they had changed into 2-1-1s.
Closer examination of my Western forces revels that there is not a single, generic, non-portrait, 3-1-1 officer on Germany’s Western front, but there are 21 officers with 2-1-1 abilities.
Is this a bug?
Currently running v 1.04, beta patch 1.02 April 2016