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Call of Duty WW2 Divisions: What division to join, choosing the best division for you and how to change your division explained

How to get your head around the new class-based system.

Call of Duty WW2 Divisions are a new class-based system that is presented to you as soon as you start the game's multiplayer.

With five to choose from - outlining some basic differences - it's an initially intimidating decision. Though there are some important perks to gain from whatever you decide, it's important that your choice isn't permanent, and in fact it's very easy to swap between them if you change your mind later.

Each Call of Duty WW2 Division explained to help you decide the best division to join

Choosing the best Division to begin with depends on your preferred playstyle and ideal perks that'll unlock as it ranks up. All five of these are explained below to help you decide.

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The best Division really depends on what you value most. For our money, Mountain's many abilities to get you round the map undetected is perhaps the most useful even if you don't use a sniper, but the Infantry is a nice all-rounder for the extra weapon-based augments it gives you.

Run-and-gunners, meanwhile, will probably do well out of either the Airborne or Expeditionary Divisions.

Remember that all weapons can be played with any Division, so you are really just looking at the perks a Division gives you as the basis for your decision. Want to combine Expeditionary perks with a sniper rifle? Go right ahead.


  • Rank 1: Rifle Bayonet
  • Rank 2: Additional Primary Attachment
  • Rank 3: Extra magazines
  • Rank 4: Move significantly faster while aiming down sights
  • Prestige reward: SVT-40 rifle, 'Scoped' Basic Training (less sway and faster movement aiming down sights)


  • Rank 1: SMG Suppressor
  • Rank 2: Sprint for longer distances
  • Rank 3: Climb over obstacles faster
  • Rank 4: Increased sprint speed
  • Prestige reward: MP-40 submachine gun, 'Energetic' Basic Training (no fall damage, start sprinting again sooner)


  • Rank 1: LMG Bipod
  • Rank 2: Immune to Shell Shock and Tactical Equipment
  • Rank 3: Take less fire damage
  • Rank 4: Take significantly less explosive damage
  • Prestige reward: MG 42 light machine gun, 'Hunker' Basic Training (earlier grenade warning, take less damage from explosives)


  • Rank 1: Sniper Sharpshooter
  • Rank 2: Always invisible to enemy Recon Aircraft
  • Rank 3: Hidden to player-controlled Streaks
  • Rank 4: Silent Movement
  • Prestige reward: KAR98K sniper rifle, 'Inconspicuous' Basic Training (faster crouch movement, quieter movement overall)


  • Rank 1: Shotgun Incendiary Shells
  • Rank 2: Select a piece of Tactical and Lethal Equipment
  • Rank 3: Throw equipment faster, farther and while sprinting
  • Rank 4: Resupply equipment from killed enemies
  • Prestige reward: Sawed-off Shotgun, 'Concussed' Basic Training (use British NO 69 as Tactical and use a second Lethal)

As mentioned, each Division can also be Prestiged, the same way a weapon or your soldier rank can. Each Division follows the same template of rewards with each Prestige, but it's worth a Prestige for each one once to get a unique weapon that any Division can use.

We outline the specific weapon you unlock when you first Prestige above, but it's worth reading our Prestige rewards explainer for what you get for each subsequent Prestige, as well as other details about the feature.

Out for more advice on COD WW2's multiplayer? It's worth checking out which Division suits you best, then how to unlock the best COD WW2 guns as well as its various Prestige rewards using fast XP methods. If you're still having connectibity problems post-launch meanwhile, our Call of Duty WW2 server issues delves into error codes and other troubleshooting tips, and finally we can also help you tick off the Commend a soldier challenge in Headquarters, too.

How to change your division in Call of Duty WW2

Once you have chose your initial Division, played a match and earned your first Unlock token, you can change your Division.

To change your Division, go to the multiplayer menu (press Options or Pause when in Headquarters) and go to the Soldier tab along the top, then Divisions to see your load outs.

Here you can select a Division within a loadout and unlock others with Tokens. Once it's unlocked you swap back to it again later if you so choose. You can also assign Divisions to different loadouts, if you want a set of weapons to go along with certain perks.