And what we will do with penals? If we removed them, SU lost alternative infantry unit. OST have Pgrens, OKW have obers, USF have officers and UKF have engeeners with options to buy weapon and get upgrade from anvil.
I said it before, that penals must reverted into narrow specialists squad. As example:
1. Tank hunters - 3 PTRS and mosins and ability similar to brit sniper. IMHO i prefer this squad as analogue of light AT gun with cone of fire. It looks more realistic, as ptrs never used to shoot from hands.
2. Breakthrough squad - ppshs and satchels.
Conscripts will be all the same penals only stretched in time, they will receive six SVT-40. With six SVT-40 recruits will be an excellent unit, and there will be no complaints that six SVT-40 penalty points are OP at the start of the game.
We already have an assault unit - shock troops, explosives can be moved with it.