Better trained and equipped than enlisted men, and frequently authorized to call in reinforcements, GDI and Nod officers oversaw enlisted men and performed particularly important tasks. The officer is equipped with the chaingun that is used for dealing with infantry and light armored vehicles. If in the right hands, one officer can take on squads of soldiers, and can be a dangerous threat to aircraft and light vehicles.
GDI and Nod officers are able to quickly mow down infantries and lay suppressing fire with their chain guns. They can damage light armored vehicles to some degree, but deal nothing against heavy armored ones or buildings. They are also equipped with a backup automatic pistol and a timed C4 for armor and building destruction.