Drone piloting now open to enlisted airmen from all career fields

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An RQ-4 Global Hawk soars through the sky to record intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data. 	 Courtesy photo
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An RQ-4 Global Hawk soars through the sky to record intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data. Courtesy photo

Drone piloting now open to enlisted airmen from all career fields

by: Jennifer H. Svan | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 31, 2016
 KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Enlisted airmen from all career fields may now apply to fly the RQ-4 Global Hawk, the Air Force said Monday in a move that potentially opens the opportunity to pilot the unarmed intelligence-gathering drone to tens of thousands of more airmen.
 
The announcement comes just over a month after the Air Force released details of how the service planned to retrain a select group of enlisted airmen to fly the Global Hawk.
 
In July, the service said it had selected 10 enlisted troops for the program, marking the first time airmen would begin training as pilots since World War II.
 
But airmen eligible to apply at the time had to be career enlisted aviators — such as loadmasters or flight engineers — from the ranks of staff sergeant through senior master sergeant.
 
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