15W UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE OPERATOR

OVERVIEW
Unmanned aerial vehicle operators are remote pilots of unmanned observation aircraft that gather intelligence used in operational tactics. As intelligence specialists, they are integral to providing Army personnel with information about enemy forces and battle areas.

JOB DUTIES

  • Conduct air reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting and acquisition missions
  • Plan and analyze flight missions
  • Perform preflight, in-flight and post-flight checks and procedures
  • Launch and recover airframe from runway
  • Perform maintenance on communications equipment, power sources, light- and heavy-wheeled vehicles, and crane operations


TRAINING
Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and over 32 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field.

Advanced Individual Training: 32 weeks at Fort Huachuca, AZ

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Performing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance simulation missions
  • Preparing maps, charts and intelligence reports
  • Analyzing aerial photographs
  • Using computer systems


HELPFUL SKILLS

  • Interest in remote/radio control vehicles
  • Ability to organize information and study its meaning
  • Ability to think and write clearly
  • Attention to detail


REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
Surveillance & Communications (SC): 102

WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
150U Tactical Unmanned Aerial System

FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with federal government agencies such as the CIA or the National Security Agency. It can also prepare you for other fields such as research or business planning.

+ Enlisted
X Officer
+ Active Duty
X Army Reserve
+ Open to Women
+ Entry Level