Air Force boosts drone pilot bonuses to keep up with demand

It’s no secret that the US Air Force is doing everything it can to recruit and keep drone pilots, and now it’s resorting to a very direct solution: cold, hard cash. The military branch is offering $10,000 more per year in bonuses to those pilots who renew their active duty commitment for 5 years. They were already getting a hefty $25,000 extra per year, but this is a huge incentive — if a pilot is active for the full term, that’s a total of $175,000 above and beyond their usual pay.

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