This article by the WP looks at this new type of pilot and how they came to be, together with some examples of how they have proved themselves on the battlefield. Well worth reading but the great thing about UAVs is that virtually anyone can acquire and use them, see http://www.mikrokopter.de/ucwiki/en/MK-Okto for an example of this other emerging trend.
"Most mission statements are long, complicated and italicized," he said. "Mine was three words: "Kill [Expletive] Heads."
he Air Force envisions unmanned planes not only providing surveillance and striking targets, but also hauling cargo around the world. Instead of flying just one plane, a single pilot would probably control as many as four or five planes simultaneously.
"Valor is doing what is right. Valor is about your motivations and the ends that you seek. It is doing what is right for the right reasons. That to me is valor."