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To attract and keep a drone pilot workforce that’s been stretched thin by rising demands for global surveillance, the Air Force announced Wednesday that it’s offering as much as $125,000 in bonuses to keep the pilots from leaving for the private sector. Personnel eligible for the cash awards would be the more experienced and current pilots in the force. Military personnel must be active-duty lieutenant colonels or below who already have six years of experience flying remotely piloted aircraft and meet specific education and ratings requirements. Drone pilots “are increasingly critical to national security, and our ability to retain experienced [drone] pilots will enable us to meet current and emergent mission requirements,” said Lt. Gen. Jay Raymond, Air Force deputy chief of operations.
The cash bonuses would amount to $25,000 annually for five years, but eligible recipients could elect to receive up to half of the bonus in the first payment, the Air Force announced in a news release. The bonuses are meant to compete with the private sector, where drone pilot salaries start at about $102,000 yearly, according to the jobs website Indeed.com. The Air Force has spent much of the year addressing the strain that rising demand for unmanned surveillance, intelligence gathering and targeting support have placed on the force. Because of ongoing operations
in Iraq and Syria, and rising requests for drone surveillance in Africa and the Pacific, the current force of drone operators is badly strained, Air Force chief of staff Gen. Mark Welsh said earlier this year.
“We can’t afford to lose these people.”
originally posted by: trifecta
Ua reply to: 4N0M4LY
We'll see how arrogant your tone is when the next target is rubbing elbows with your mother who is babysitting your child, while at the grocery store. But hey they're collateral damage right? No problem! Turning them into red goo because of suspicious activities and liasons is enough evidence to make those sacrifices for "National Security" based on your bulletproof intell? Right?
When you're scraping your kin off the curb, be sure to hum the National Anthem.