US bill seeks to give remote military drone operators tax-free combat status
In a move that may get Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and other Internal Revenue Service-averse billionaires contemplating a move into the armed forces, legislation has been tabled in the US seeking to extend many remote operators of military drones the same tax-exempt combat compensation that troops in combat battle receive.
The bipartisan-sponsored bill was introduced this week by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who along with House Representative Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) believe the realities involved in piloting military drones expose operators to similar stress and trauma that on-ground troops face. Providing those technicians the same compensation – including tax exemption of combat pay – is one way the trio wants to address those job-produced hardships.
“Warfare is increasingly conducted stateside, yet drone crews engaged in active combat situations are not recognized as having served in combat by the military and therefore…