http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/...rone-pilots-to-get-135k-re-up-bonus/30184499/ Again I have to ask why does the AF think they need commissioned officers to operate drones? IMPO it is a total waste of money and resources to have a commissioned officer do this job. To the best of my knowledge and please correct me if I am wrong but its not like they are platoon leaders correct? Do they have subordinates under their command? This job could easily performed by an A1C or higher with specialized training. Sitting in an air conditioned building thousands of miles from your "airplane" should NOT qualify the operator ( notice I did not say pilot) for flight pay. Do the maintainers who service these drones get flight pay? Can someone please explain the me why in the world a drone operator is getting flight pay when they DON'T EVEN LEAVE THE GROUND??? Rant over, thank you.