Hi everyone, thought I'd come and give one of quite a few suggestions that have been on my mind since Squad's release. I think especially from PR players this will be a fairly agreed upon feature however my method of implementation is a little different.
So as it stands rifleman are starting to get some love (which is fantastic and I hope we see more) in the means of getting single deployables like the sandbag wall. Right now a fairly big problem that exists is that of being able to only resupply at FOB's (unless the cheesey, deploy fob > deploy ammo then destroy thing is still going to be in the foreseeable feature). Back in Project Reality every rifleman had an ammo kit which gave ammo to anyone who stood over it and it was very limited which worked fairly well. However it's understandable that having every rifleman being able to carry ammo could make fob resupply redundant so I propose we add a new non-support class which is an Assistant Rifleman.
In many (probably most) real world armed forces down at squad or fireteam level you will have assistants whether they be automatic rifleman assistants or assistant anti-tank gunners and their job is to carry extra munitions for their respective role. Now in Squad having a different assistant class for each is not necessary and would clutter the spawn menu. Instead having a Assistant Rifleman that carries a depleting ammo box, could then be an assistant of anyone including rifleman or grenadiers (however read the further detail part below for a potential expansion) and the number of assistant's like the supports could be scaled based on how many people are in the squad. For example a squad of 4 can only have one assistant but a full squad could have 2.
With a role like this you can easily have a more dedicated squad such as anti-tank or fire support without having "unfair" rifleman with ammo or being forced to retreat to a fob as soon as you run empty. This separate role could probably be removed in the eventuality of kit customisation but we will have to see how that works. The way the ammo box would work is different to PR and this is for good reason so bear with me. The ammo box would be placed similar to sandbags, but would come constructed and it would use the resupply menu similar to the current FOB resupply boxes but without the ability to change kits. The ammo box would have a set number of resources and inside you would have an option to choose between each munition of a squad and each press would give you one. So inside you could take:
Smoke Grenade (Probably just white smoke as it's used on most classes)
Then you'd have the bigger supports which would cost more supply (maybe even having their own type of ammo box, so the assistant would carry two types?)
Rocket/Tube (Yes I know disposable LAT's wouldn't fit but ignore that)
Grenade Launcher Rounds
(Whatever new toys come later in development)
So based on how much supply there is, you could choose a single rocket/tube for your LAT and then maybe a few magazines or you could choose two rockets/tubes and deplete it. The goal of the ammo box is to either resupply everyone slightly with the essentials or choose to resupply your special kits. The benefit this system has over the old Project Reality system is that ammo is not accidentally taken or given to the wrong unit and you can specify what you need rather than PR's (random method?) so now you/squad lead could choose who had what and if needed be you could resupply based on your situation, e.g. destroying armour, assaulting compound, etc.
*Edit* I did try making a concept image but it looked horrible so I scrapped it but if anyone is good with that kind of stuff, the idea I had in mind was just the same UI as the build menu/ammo resupply. If anyone ever played Left 4 Dead the idea I had in my head for the ammo box itself was like that.