Air Force Receives 185 Enlisted Applicants for RPA Pilot
The Air Force recently announced it had received 185 applications from enlisted personnel to fly the RQ-4 Global Hawk, the long range, high altitude, fly-by-keyboard unmanned aircraft. This marks the first time the Air Force has selected enlisted personnel to “fly” the UAVs.
“Expanding opportunities in the RPA program is one of many ways the Air Force is tapping into the talent of our skilled, diverse and innovative enlisted force,” [said Chief Master Sgt. Eric Rigby, the enlisted aircrew assignments chief at AFPC].
Some reports indicated the board — which met this week — would select only 30 of the applicants for training. The results are due to be released at the end of the month.