Enlisted or Officer Drone Pilots
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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This paper compares remotely piloted aircraft-drones-operations in both the US Army and US Air Force. It argues that officers should continue to pilot Air Force drones because of the increased risks and more complicated missions of Air Force drones versus Army drones. It points out that the current rise of drones and decline of manned aircraft in the Air Force will push its officers to drones anyway. This is a good trend because the risks and complexity of Air Force drones missions will increase with time. The same trend in the Army will force that service to use warrant officers in its most challenging drone missions, leaving the commissioned Army officers free to do their primary job leading heroically from the front.