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Unmanned Vehicle (UV) Operations Specialists

Intelligence, Combat and Readiness

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Work Environment

Unmanned vehicle operations specialists work under a variety of conditions depending upon the type of vehicle and mission. Some specialists work in control stations or receiving stations on land while others work aboard ships.

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Unmanned vehicle operations specialists operate, maintain, and control the Military’s fleet of unmanned vehicles. These vehicles include unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), aerial systems (UAS), ground vehicles (UGV), surface vehicles (USV), and underwater vehicles (UUV). The specialists control these vehicles to perform reconnaissance and surveillance missions. They also operate sensors for target detection, deploy ground and air systems, and perform basic maintenance on systems as needed. Personnel normally specialize by the type of vehicle they operate.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Unmanned vehicle (UV) operations specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job training varies depending on the position. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Operation of unmanned vehicles
  • Basic preventative maintenance
  • Unmanned vehicle concepts and capabilities
  • Advanced technical and operational training in the aviation field
  • Performing intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance simulation missions
  • Preparing maps charts and intelligence reports
  • Analyzing aerial photographs

Helpful Attributes

  • Enjoy working with tools
  • Knowledge of electronic theory and schematic drawing
  • Superior adaptability to three dimensional spatial relationships

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