what is the point of the rifleman class apart from being able to use rifle grenade launchers? What is the actual point of the rifleman squad? There is none. Rifleman is just a filler class, and rifleman squads are just fillers for the grind meta.
But what if they have a purpose? At least the British and German infantry usually carried ammunition for machine guns/ machine gunners in their squad, which was the main firepower of their unit.
I simply propose that machine gunners receive one additional magazine/ ammo belt for each rifleman in their squad. It is their class perk, which is unique to them and can’t be received by other classes (Dont know what their current perks are but I guess they are not really that interesting anyway).
Coming to the rifleman squad, the gunner would be mandatory for the squad (since they have no real class limit at the beginning anyway). Yes. It would mean that a machine gunner in an infantry squad could get up to 8 additional rounds but it only applies to him, and it only applies as long as he is alive. If he is dead, the additional ammo is gone and whoever picks it up, just get the casual amount of ammo. It would make the gunner both more powerful in an rifleman squad but also a valuable target.
It wouldn’t make gunner squads more powerful unless people are ready to replace tactical classes in these squad for additional ammo (and of course in any other squad where you can get an gunner).
(Ofc this all assumes that machine guns, especially the GPMGs, are somehow able to hit a barn at 50 m again and have proper working bipods)