They act as a mission crew member during unmanned or manned aircraft operations. They use onboard sensors to acquire, track, and monitor objects that are in the air, on the ground, or at sea.
Is there a clearance required?: No
Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support
Start drone pilot training between the ages of 17 and 29
Have normal color vision and depth perception
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in the physical sciences, mathematics, business administration, or business management is preferred
Completion of Officer Training School (OTS) or 4 years of undergraduate study at the Air Force Academy (AFA) or be a member of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) (Note: Because of drone pilot shortages throughout the Air Force, since 2015 a limited number of current Air Force enlisted personnel (Rank E-4 and above) who work on aircrews are being specially selected to cross-train into becoming pilots of unarmed RPA systems.)
Must meet qualification guidelines for air vehicle operator duty according to AFI 48-123
Completion of a current Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) that leads to the ability of the US Air Force Drone Pilot candidate to be granted access to Top Secret material
Military Duties Translated:
Ensuring ground and flight safety of operations and conducting safety inspections. Performing Incident investigations and reporting. Ensuring safety system compliance and standardization. Performing safety regulation, policy and documentation review and making recommendations to the Test Range Manager.
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