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Careers Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot

Today, more and more missions call for remotely piloted aircraft, such as the MQ-9 Reaper and the RQ-4 Global Hawk. As the demand for these specialized aircraft grows, so does the demand for qualified pilots to fly them. Whether it’s providing close-air support, gathering intelligence or conducting strategic air strikes, RPA Pilots are an integral and growing part of our nation’s air defense. In addition, RPA Pilots are officers in the U.S. Air Force responsible for guiding others and leading by example.

Relevant Interests and Skills:

  • Aircraft Flight

Career Tasks:

  • Master all aspects of advanced aviation.
  • Plan and prepare for missions.
  • Operate aircraft controls and equipment.
  • Perform, supervise or direct navigation, surveillance, reconnaissance and weapons employment operations.
  • Lead and train a crew.

Spend Your Career Leading Others, Not Paying Off Debt

An education at the U.S. Air Force Academy is provided at no cost to cadets. Instead, once you graduate, you will commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force or Space Force. The length of your commitment will depend on your career path, but the benefits will last a lifetime.

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