Why the US has a shortage of military drone pilots

The Holloman Air Force Base in the Chihuahua desert in New Mexico is a sort of boot camp for remotely piloted aircraft or RPA pilots. Roughly 390 new pilots will be trained this year to operate RPA’s like the one you see behind me. Now the number may sound like a lot but it’s actually not enough. With the U.S. military increasingly relying on RPA’s for surveillance and for military strikes, the air force now faces a pilot shortage. The US Air Force expects to overcome its shortage by 2017.

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