Not really. Say, for example, your on the US team in Operation Firestorm. Instead of just staying in the spawn, you move up to just past A. US almost ALWAYS controls this flag, and it's not that contested. Your now MUCH more effective because your now actually in the battlefield. You can move to Offices, or skirt around to the desert near E. You could also go the completely other side. If you keep moving in these less congested areas, your still in the thick of it, but you can actually be helpful to infantry.
Another way to put it: If your in the spawn with AA, your useless. If your on the battlefield, even for three minutes, you are a HUGE resource task for the jets and heli. Even if your downed quicker, your automatically more useful.