The Marine Corps are increasingly using aerial remote surveillance for their battlefield operations, and this requires trained personnel to operate their UAV vehicles. The Marine Corps Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator is a person that is in direct communication with the UAV vehicle, and controls the vehicle and its flight path using electronic remote control. This is the person that the military Commander directs to send the UAV on a specific path for a Marine Corp aerial reconnaissance mission or other mission as directed, and they have complete control of the aerial unmanned Vehicle. The UAV vehicle operator directs the craft through its specific flight profile, as ordered by the mission commander.
There are several people on the UAV vehicle team, including the payload operator, the mission commander; various support UAV team members, and the UAV aerial vehicle operator. The UAV operator is the person directly responsible for the UAV mission and directs the craft in its mission as it executes its directions. The UAV operator stays in constant direct electronic communication with the craft including television camera pictures, and radio contact. Some UAV missions involve firing payload weapons carried by the UAV down on enemy positions or on designated targets when directed to do so by the mission commander. The UAV operator views a camera image and operates remote electronic flight controls to pilot the UAV vehicle through its assigned mission. A person who is a UAV flight operator needs to be very detail oriented, and they have to be able to focus and tune out distractions and other things that would take their attention away from the UAV aircraft mission. A moment’s inattention could literally spell disaster, and so the person who seeks to be a UAV unmanned vehicle operator must be able to concentrate and stay focused.
Marine Corps basic combat training starts the process of training for a UAV operator, after 9 weeks of basic training the candidate is ready to move on to advanced training. They attend a individual advanced training school to learn how to be a Marine Corps Aerial Vehicle operator, and how to use remote electronics and commands to control a UAV craft. A UAV Vehicle Operator candidate has to score a 105 on the GT portion of the ASVAB, as well as pass a Top Secret Security Clearance. You cannot have been convicted of any crimes, except perhaps minor traffic offenses.