Without a crew a tank ain't going anywhere! It is important that players understand the roles that crew play in a tank, and how to manage and grow experience for the crew to be better combatants on the battlefield.
When you add a new crew to a tank you have 3 options for training your crew, the Tank Academy, Regimental School, and Rapid Courses. When you move crew from one tank to another the player only has the choice of the Tank Academy or Regimental School. Players moving their crew up the tier must account for the crew training on top of the purchase of the new tank. Obviously the Tank Academy is the best for players as your crew is immediately at 100% operational status meaning they are performing at their peak and ready to commence training skills and perks. The downside of course is that it costs the player real money in terms of needing to purchase and spend gold.
Crew Major Qualifications and Roles
There are 5 major qualifications of tank crew, the Commander, Driver, Gunner, Loader, and Radio Operator each performing a different role and affecting different tank attributes.
Crew Skills and Perks
Each crew has the ability to learn new skills and perks that provide small to moderate bonuses on the battlefield. Skills become effective immediately in relation to the training level of that skill i.e. a skill only trained to 50% will only provide 50% of the skills benefit. Perks on the other hand only become effective once fully trained at 100%. Each crew can only have a maximum of 25 skills and perks in total. Some skills are called Legendary and only available through the purchase of select premium tanks. A player will know a crew is eligible for a new skill or perk by a plus '+' sign either in the Crew screen (image 1) or the garage (image 2). Skills are identified by the engineering compass symbol to the top left of the skill (image 3). Perks are identified by the yellow lightening bolt to the top left of the perk (image 4).
Which Skills and Perks to pick?
This is dependent on a few factors that the player needs to consider in order to get the most out of the skills and perks:
Hints & Tips for Skills and Perks
There are a number of items that can provide bonuses to crew during battle or through building crew experience:
Each tank crew will be assigned a military-based rank dependent on their country. All tank crews start at Rank 1 irrespective of the Crew Training type selected. As the tank's crew gain more experience (XP) they will be promoted to higher ranks. Note that Crew Ranks do not actually serve a purpose during an actual battle not do higher ranks earn more experience or benefits.
|1||Private||Private First Class||Cuirassier||Panzeroberschutze|
|2||Private 1st Class||Corporal||Brigadier||Gefreiter|
|4||Sergeant||Staff Sergeant||Marechal Des LogisMar||Unterfeldwebel|
|5||Sergeant First Class||Warrant Officer||Marechal Des Logis-Chef||Feldwebel|
|6||Warrant Officer||Senior Warrant Officer||Adjudant||Oberfeldwebel|
|7||Second Lieutenant||Chief Warrant Officer||Adjudant-Chef||Stabsfeldwebel|
|8||First Lieutant||Second Lieutenant||Sous-Lieutenant||Leutnant|
|12||Lieutenant Colonel||Lieutenant Colonel||Lieutenant-Colonel||Oberstleutnant|
|14||Brigadier||Brigadier General||General De Brigade||Generalmajor|
|15||Major General||Major General||General De Division||Generalleutnant|
|16||Lieutenant General||Lieutenant General||General De Corps||General Der Panzertruppen|
|17||Colonel General||General||General D' Armee||Generaloberst|
|1||Nitou-Hei||Lance Corporal||Private First Class||Ryadovoy|
|4||Hei-Chou||Staff Sergeant||Staff Sergeant||Serzhant|
|5||Go-Chou||Warrant Officer Class 3||Technical Sergeant||Starshiy Serzhant|
|6||Gun-Sou||Warrant Officer Class 2||Master Sergant||Starshina|
|7||Sou-Chou||Warrant Officer Class 1||First Sergeant||Mladshiy Leytenant|
|8||Jun-I||Second Lieutenant||Second Lieutenant||Leytenant|
|9||Shou-I||First Lieutenant||First Lieutenant||Starshiy Leytenant|
|12||Shou-Sa||Lieutenant Colonel||Lieutenant Colonel||Podpolkovnik|
|14||Tai-Sa||Brigadier||Brigadier General||General Mayor|
|15||Shou-Shou||Major-General||Major General||General Leytenant|
|16||Chuu-Jou||Lieutenant-General||Lieutenant General||General Polkovnik|