The Recon class's optimal role is crossmap fighting, noted by their default weapon, the sniper rifle , and appropiate countermeasures. However, players may customize their soldier for other roles, but not to the extent of other classes more suited to them.
For balance, the Recon has a variety of countermeasures to prevent enemies from flanking their position. The Motion Sensor can be thrown and placed, and it will show any nearby enemies on the mini-map. Claymores are also helpful for preventing enemies reaching a Recon's nest, as they will kill any enemy who walks over them if they don't have the Avoid Trip-Wire training. A new feture with Tier 3 is the mortar strike.