I thought that issue had long been fixed?
I remember in some version I played years ago, "active" training didn't work at all, you had to play around with the settings so the dwarves would do individual combat drills - is that still the case?
Cause I consulted the wiki and it said you'd best reduce the minimum training (I set it to five) and it should work. I didn't mix weapon types, btw.
I get the organizing/waiting for lesson stuff, and I've often actually see the dwarves train (as in standing around in the training room and attending instead of waiting for status), but of course there's still a lot of downtime.
Duking it out with the goblins and forgotten beasts didn't improve anyones combat skill either, though.
I don't mind slow progress, but at this glacial pace, every single dwarf in the fort would be legendary without these dudes ever leaving their initial skill levels.
About needing someone good to train the others ... where should I get such dwarf? If training doesn't make him good and actually beating a FB doesn't make him good, what is he supposed to do?
Right now I'm at least very tempted to try making a danger room to at least see how it goes, and if that fails, I think I'm done with DF again.
There's just so many systems that work bad or very bad, the years go by and I see little to no improvement.
I'll just depict toady standing around in the coding workshop he claimed babbling about needing something to finish up this artifact, but I fail to understand what he needs, so I just wall him in in case he decides to go berserk at some point. ;)