Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator (15W)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators are remote pilots of unmanned observation aircrafts, aka military drones, or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) that gather intelligence used in operational tactics. Our drone operators are intelligence specialists; they are integral to providing Army personnel with information about enemy forces and battle areas.

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Operators of Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or UAS, play an integral role in providing intelligence and battlefield information in support of military operations around the world.

Soldiers working in this MOS conduct air reconnaissance, providing an eye in the sky to friendly forces below, helping them identify enemy strategies, locations and vulnerabilities, creating a technological advantage over the enemy.

This career field requires individuals who have an interest in UAS operations, organizing and analyzing information and who can qualify for a secret clearance and pass a flight physical.

After successfully completing 10 weeks of Army Basic Combat Training you will attend 18 to 25 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Where you will learn basic ground school and flight simulator training, plan and analyze flights, charts and end of mission reports, perform preflight, in flight and post flight checks and procedures, launch and recover air frames from runways; analyze aerial imagery, and perform operator level maintenance on communications equipment, power sources, and light and heavy wheeled vehicles.

After successfully completing your Advanced Individual Training you will be awarded the Army Aviation Basic Crewmember Badge, and be eligible for worldwide assignments in this unique and growing career field. As a UAS operator you may have the opportunity to advance in your career through additional technical, tactical and leadership training.

The skills and knowledge you acquire as a Soldier can help you in your transition from the military to the civilian work force, where you may find employment with Government agencies or with commercial businesses which employ drone operators.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator, ensuring mission success as an essential and integral member of the Army battlefield team.