So, after my previous post, Mambo Dave was so kind as to do some training with me in a room... here is the first battle after that, though I attribute some of it to luck and the other team (it is not very often you can shoot and kill a T49 and run over a su-8 half a second later).
Battle: Arctic Region Thursday, December 27, 2012 5:37:48 PM
Experience received: 3,254 (x2 for the first victory each day)
Credits received: 26,222 (fine for causing damage to allies: 150)
Battle Achievements: Steel Wall, Top Gun, Mastery Badge: "Ace Tanker"
Hopefully it is sign of things to come.