A pilot program designed to give aspiring robotics engineers a shot at making a living is currently being rolled out in the US military.
The programme will pay cadets a salary of up to $80k per year, and it aims to bring young talent into the industry.
It’s called the Cadet Pilot Program and is being run by the US Army.
Cadet pilots will start working for the Army’s Training and Education Command (TEC) in late 2018, and they will receive a three-month pilot training program.
There are currently a few dozen pilots under training at the TEC, but the new programme aims to get more.
The pilot program is set to run for two years.
The TEC currently has about 150 cadets under training.
The program has been under development for more than a year, with more than 50 applicants participating in the pilot.
According to a US military spokesperson, the program aims to provide a training environment that allows cadets to apply their skills and knowledge to the field of robotics and technology.
It will provide a way to further develop the skills of the cadets, and prepare them for the rigours of the training, which will last up to three years.
“The pilot program aims at providing cadets with the right tools and experience to get them through the rigorous training program, and to get to the next level,” US Army Lieutenant Colonel Dan Stelzer, who is overseeing the pilot programme said in a statement.
“The Army is committed to creating a well-rounded, diverse cadet cadet workforce and we are looking to ensure the cadet pilots who complete this pilot program have the opportunity to develop and earn a living in a highly competitive industry.”
Cadets who complete the pilot program will also get an education certificate, and will be eligible to apply for a new job.
In addition to being paid, cadets will also be eligible for job placement, as well as the opportunity for more work experience in the company of fellow cadets.
For some, the job offer comes as a welcome change, as the military has traditionally relied on foreign recruits to fill its workforce.
In fact, the US army’s recruitment system is one of the most competitive in the world, with just 1.3% of the US population qualified to fill positions in the military.
According to the US Navy, its recruitment system for overseas recruits was the third most competitive among all services in the country.
It was also one of three services that had the second-highest rate of people leaving the US over the past year.
Some analysts have speculated that the US government is looking to lure foreign recruits with a more flexible job offer, but some experts have also questioned the need to recruit foreign talent.
More than 2,400 cadets from the US are currently being trained by the TAC, and the pilot project is part of the government’s effort to recruit cadets overseas.
Currently, only cadets who have successfully completed the US Military Academy are eligible to be trained by US forces overseas.
In the meantime, US soldiers in the UK are still required to work with a US-based recruiter.
However, some US soldiers may not be eligible in the near future due to a loophole in the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Act (MCRMA), which allows some soldiers to receive an allowance that allows them to remain in the service and work abroad.
US officials are hopeful that the new pilot will give cadets more options, and that they can get the opportunity in the future to work for the US armed forces.
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