I haven't yet seen anything written up about a Drone Operator MOS for Militia units.
In recent years, we've seen the incredibly rapid increase in the availability of small highly-portable drones. I think it is time that we discuss how the Drone Operator would work within a small combat unit.
While we can get real creative with the use of these drones, they are probably best used in the local area reconnaissance role.
I'm positive that in the not-so-distant future, each individual Militiaman will have at least one micro drone small enough to fit in the palm of his hand.
Right now, I'm thinking that the optimum use for drones is by one drone operator per squad, who will transport his drone in an assault pack and control on a a small handheld device. While others on the team should definitely be cross-trained on the drone, I don't see a current need for an Assistant Drone Operator.
A Drone Operator's duties on patrol will be to deploy the drone to scout ahead of the formation, especially in questionable areas and crossing danger areas.
A Drone Operator's duties in a defensive perimeter will be to do short-range patrolling of the immediate perimeter, especially the avenues of approach.
In both roles, the Drone Operator will work closely with the small unit commander.
Times are changing and the Drone Operator needs to be just as squared away as the Radio Operators of old were.
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I agree. I would like to find one that has some specs. that would fit our roll better. 40 acres is 1/4 mile by 1/4 mile, that is 1320 feet or 440 yards. So we need a range of 450-500 yards, a run time of 25-30 minutes or more, easy change batteries and a good way to charge them in the field. Plus a lot of them use GPS to return to their take off point, it would be good if it would return to remote location (in case of contact you have to move or using it while on patrol.)
Taurus is right, 1/16 of a square mile is 1/4 mile by 1/4 mile. Drones are a two-edged sword; you can see what's out there, but at the same time anyone you see will be alerted to your presence.
For things like search and rescue, these little things are indispensable. But if stealth is required, they're use would be limited. In any event, the technology is advancing so rapidly that it would probably be hard to write up an SOP for every militia unit. each unit would have to consider their own mission and needs, and write up a standard for local use.
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