Thursday, January 3, 2013

Why Are U.S. Drone Pilots Not Being Promoted?

Airman 1st Class Caleb Force assists 1st Lt. Jorden Smith, a MQ-1B Predator pilot, in locating simulated targets during a training mission conducted inside the simulators at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Force is a MQ-1B Predator sensor operator. Enlisted sensor operators are now eligible for incentive pays. Senior Airman Nadine Y. Barclay / Air Force

Congress Questions Low UAV Pilot Promotion Rates -- Defense Tech

Congress wants Air Force leaders to figure out why unmanned pilots don’t get promoted as often their fighter, bomber and cargo counterparts, according to an Air Force Times report.

Lawmakers inserted into the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act a mandate to receive answers in 180 days from Air Force leader.

Air Force Times reported that the past five promotion cycles have shown that unmanned pilots have lagged behind other pilots in three of those five promotion cycles.

Read more ....

Update: AF told to study rate of UAV pilots’ promotions -- Air Force Times

My Comment: It looks like a drone pilot complained .... and considering how important and vital the U.S. drone program has become in implementing U.S. national security strategies .... important people are listening.

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