The modern US Marine Corps has sought an aerial platform for reconnaissance and information for a long time. Many of the fighter aircraft, as well as the new MV-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft are aviation assets that serve the Marine Corps well. But one of the more advanced and technologically impressive is the new line of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. These are simply just as their name indicates, aerial aircraft that does not have a human, on board pilot.
Serving in the Marine Corps as an enlisted UAV operator is an exciting and challenging position. You work as an aerial vehicle operator and you communicate with your unit over the radio, directing the UAV aircraft where it is needed, and work to direct it through its flight mission. You remain in constant communication with the vehicle and direct it through all the different areas of the flight profile. Serving as a UAV operator is a skilled position, one that gives you the ability to pilot an aircraft while remaining safely on the ground. Your aircraft can carry weaponry or missiles. The ability to fly for 36 hours straight, and using a 14,000 mile flying ability gives the UAV aircraft more potential than is needed to perform many different Marine Corps missions. The UAV aircraft in use by the Marine Corps are potentially the newest weapon that allows personnel to pilot and gain information without placing human life at risk. Many UAV vehicles can carry hellfire missiles that can successfully target specific mission targets without damaging any surrounding buildings or other areas. One of the duties of the Marine Corps Aerial Vehicle operator is to set up and execute procedures in remote receiving and transmitting, and participate in station operations involved in the total mission and receiving UAV imagery. This is a relatively new type of Marine Corps operation, and can engage the enemy without any collateral damage, or risk of injury to human pilots. The UAV pilot often sits well to the rear, in safety while the UAV aircraft flies to complete the mission.
Training for the UAV operator begins with Marine Corps combat training basic training. After 9 weeks of basic training the UAV operator progresses to advanced UAV training school. To serve as a UAV flight operator you have to score at least a GT score of 105 or more, on the ASVAB test, and you have to pass entrance interviews.
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You also have to pass a Top Secret Security clearance review, and you should not have been ever convicted of any crimes, especially felonies.