USAF to Establish Undergraduate Remotely Piloted Vehicle Training

By Matthew Everett
Predator UAV in museum

Predator UAV in museum

In October of 2010, the first class of a new Air Force training program will begin.  According to a June 9, 2010 article in Air Force Print News Today, the new undergraduate training program seeks to “institutionalize the remotely piloted aircraft field.” Active-duty Air Force Personnel may apply for selection on the January 2011 board starting summer of 2010.

Upon graduating from the program, the pilots will enter the 18X career field, which was established by the Air Force in October 2009 specifically for Remotely Piloted Aircraft operators. This career field requires a six year commitment and carries certain physiological and academic requirements, but provides the same incentive pay as the aviation career field.

Non-military personnel may take UAV training at the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks.

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