Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are important to each branch of the U.S. military. The United States Army uses unmanned aerial vehicles for both enemy reconnaissance and to attack enemy forces. These aircraft are important because they are remotely controlled and the pilot stays behind the lines in relative safety. If a UAV is shot down the pilot cannot be harmed or captured. Young people can become UAV pilots by training in the Army.

Step 1

Complete initial qualifications. All prospective pilots must establish proper initial qualifications. These qualifications include a high school diploma, good color vision, never having served in the Peace Corps, no convictions for offenses more serious than traffic violations, ability to obtain a secret clearance and good general health.

Step 2

Pass the initial entry test. Prior to entry in the Army, each applicant must pass the armed services vocational aptitude battery test with a high enough score to qualify to be a UAV pilot. The applicant must score 105 on the intelligence portion of this test.

Step 3

Complete basic training. Each applicant must successfully complete a nine-week basic training course. In this course, the applicant will learn the basic skills to be a soldier.

Step 4

Complete Army UAV training after basic training. Army UAV training is a 23-week course conducted in Arizona. In this course, the soldier will learn UAV computer skills, intelligence gathering, map preparation and aerial intelligence interpretation.

Step 5

Progress to more difficult skills. Each UAV pilot upgrades his skills during his enlistment. There are five skill levels for a UAV pilot. Basic skill levels involve take off, landing and operation of the aircraft. Higher skill levels involve supervising other pilots and advising commanders on tactics.


  • UAV pilots may be deployed to dangerous areas of the world.