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Reconnaissance Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot

Overview: RPA pilot positions fit into two categories whose names define their priority roles, Reconnaissance and Attack.  Effective information gained through reconnaissance is a prerequisite to effective attack strategies. Reconnaissance RPA pilots operate specialized mission aircraft and command flight crews to accomplish reconnaissance, surveillance, combat and other missions. 

Postion: Officer 


Specific Tasks: 

  • Plans and prepares for mission, including tasking, intelligence and weather information
  • Operates aircraft, commands crew, and supervises navigation, surveillance, reconnaissance and weapons 
  • Conducts or supervises training of crewmembers
  • Develops plans and policies, monitors operations and advises commanders


  • Bachelor’s Degree; an undergraduate degree specializing in physical sciences, mathematics, administration or management is desirable
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve
  • Eligibility for Top Secret security clearance


  • For those without a prior military service commission, successful completion of the eight-week Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL is required
  • Completion of Air Force Undergraduate Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training (URT), or possess an aeronautical rating of Pilot or Navigator/Combat Systems Officer (CSO)

For more information on how to attend Undergraduate Flying Training, please download the Undergraduate Flying Training Guidebook