As title. If a soldier has a bonus ability which doesn't fit (eg I got Lightning Reflexes on a sniper... I think he's never been shot at in 20 missions), can I retrain him so as to get a chance at a different bonus?

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No, the cross class perk is determined when you first obtain the character. Retraining will not change the skill.

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    This is actually useful, as you can retrain somebody's skills once you see what their cross class skill is, so that the other skills work with it better. If a sniper has lightning reflexes, maybe it would make more sense to make them use pistols and get up on the enemy.
    – DCShannon
    Feb 23, 2016 at 21:37
  • @DCShannon on the other hand, having a squad of serial rangers would make the game even easier than it is :)
    – l I
    Feb 23, 2016 at 23:17
  • Yeah, that would be nice. The point remains, though. I got rapid shot on a grenadier and retrained a bit. Would have hated to lose that.
    – DCShannon
    Feb 23, 2016 at 23:19
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    On the other hand, retraining before unlocking the cross-class perk... will re-roll the cross-class perk! Feb 27, 2016 at 5:27
  • @RavenDreamer: does this mean that for a soldier who missed getting his/her AWC bonus because it was "rolled" at an early level before the AWC was built will never get a perk or does it mean that he/she will have a chance at getting one on retraining? Feb 21, 2017 at 3:31

Related to this: while you can't change the perk (as z' noted), there is a mod that lets you choose which perk you get.

Chooseable AWC Perks

Currently it's only available on the Steam Workshop, not at Nexusmods.

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