Answer to USAF problems with UAV and other pilots?: Make them warrant officers
It seems to me that there is a good solution to the problems the Air Force is having integrating UAV operators into its officer ranks, and promoting them equitably.
It seems to me that there is a good solution to the problems the Air Force is having integrating UAV operators into its officer ranks, and promoting them equitably. That is, make them warrant officers — along with most other Air Force pilots. Some people want to command, but many people just want to fly. Let them do that, and groom a smaller group to think about acquisition, airpower and other issues of institutional governance.
This seems to me to work with Army aviation. I’d rather be in an aircraft piloted by a W05 than by a 2nd LT.
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