Why the US has a shortage of military drone pilots

The Holloman Air Force Base in the Chihuahua desert in New Mexico is a sort of boot camp for remotely piloted aircraft or RPA pilots. Roughly 390 new pilots will be trained this year to operate RPA’s like the one you see behind me. Now the number may sound like a lot but it’s actually not enough. With the U.S. military increasingly relying on RPA’s for surveillance and for military strikes, the air force now faces a pilot shortage. The US Air Force expects to overcome its shortage by 2017.

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  1. kl wies on November 6, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    PTSD affect some folks while avoiding eye contact. Yeah no shit. Because it not normal to kill civilians or people. Unless you are a blood thirsty psychopathic sociopath. I’d rather work as garbage collector than do that and scars my entire life. The price is at least worth it if it is defending against invasion but not for invasion. They keep try convincing people they are defending but who are you kidding. Its actively attacking in foreign lands.

    Then they try to spin it that we have to keep those guys out except those guys only want to come because we keep attacking them. Pump up their Dictators who repress the hell out of their population. Arab spring repressed by US and its allies weapon and diplomatic support. They wanted to democracy out with dictatorship look what happened.

    Somehow they have to create a story and fairy tale about them hating their freedom as if they are born with the mindset of bombing the west or they suddenly wake up and decided to bomb the west. There is always a cause and effect. A ripple have to come from somewhere. Its physics reaction from a separate and opposite reaction. Nothing happens without a cause not even an accident.

  2. Dennis Keane on November 6, 2020 at 1:49 pm


  3. Jordan Kneisley on November 6, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    and all drones scripts not to kill women and not to kill men that like have sex with women

  4. Michael K on November 6, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Ya, I wonder why there is a shortage… is it because the USA can kill anyone they want too, even children……. and nothing is said. Isn’t that the reason why they groom gullible teens to become drone pilots rather than free-thinking men with a conscience. I wonder how many jihadis has the drone program created? Will the USA reap what it has sown?

  5. blue280485 on November 6, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Sign me up anytime! If I were in US I would have joined USAF RPA program for sure!

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