The Tanker is a special class representing operators of tanks.
The Gunner kit is a hidden, non-selectable kit that exists within the game files of Battlefield 2. It is a solely visual change in appearance for gunners in main battle tanks, as they handle the machine gun directly instead of through a remote system as in other games in the series. In the sense that it is a hidden kit, it is only accessible under certain circumstances, similar to the Flamethrower Kit in Battlefield Vietnam.
Upon exiting the vehicle, the player is switched back to the model for their chosen class and faction.
The Tanker is a kit appearing in Battlefield 1. The player gains this role by spawning in a tank, artillery truck, or L-Class Destroyer (in this case they represent the ship's captain), and continues using this kit upon exiting said vehicle. The kit is geared towards vehicle maintenance, rather than as an infantryman seen in other classes.
Like the Pilot class, they are issued with pistol carbines as their primary and an additional handgun as a secondary weapon. Tankers carry a Repair Hammer which allows them to maintain their vehicle, inside and out. They can throw an Anti-Tank Grenade as a last-ditch weapon against enemy vehicles that may have beaten them. A survival knife, a hand grenade, and gas mask are their remaining resources until they can procure another vehicle or kit.
An important note is that the Tanker kit is unavailable in the main menu screen's Class Customization, and purchasing weapons or editing the loadout can only be done during a match while a ground vehicle is available for spawn.
- The Tanker class (excluding the Red Army Tanker) in Battlefield 1 is seen to be wearing a Splatter Mask, a medieval style mask that was designed to protect the wearer from splinters that would spall from the tank walls when struck from the outside by machinegun fire as well as from incoming shrapnel when looking through a tank's viewpoints.