Do combat drone pilots deserve to earn medals?


Reaper droneThe Washington Post is reporting that the Pentagon is weighing whether to award medals to pilots of unmanned combat vehicles. Designs have reportedly been prepared for approval should discussions progress that far.

Controlling such drones is doubtless a difficult skill that requires no little amount of training to master. But do you think these pilots, who are often nowhere near the battle, should be eligible for such decoration that once represented a risk of life and limb? Is this just an extension of traditional warfare and its recognitions into the remote-control age, or is it no different than video-game “achievements”? Or is it darker — is there something just unseemly about accolades for push-button devastation?

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