30 (20 when injured)
Destroyed USA vehicles with veterancy
Commandeer friendly vehicles
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The United States army has seen action in countless conflicts all around the globe, in all sorts of terrains, against all sorts of opposition and tactics. An army like this certainly has to be properly equipped and prepared at all times, and for all the good propaganda can do to convince as many civilians as possible to join the military, the idea of fighting in Booby trap infested deserts is not an idea that pleases many. For this reason, the USA military has made sure to give its personnel far better survival chances than the Chinese or Russian armies, with more advanced training and increasingly sophisticated vehicle eject measures: most USA pilots who reach a certain amount of experience with their vehicles will be able to eject from them upon their destruction, giving them a chance to live and fight another day. Once ejected from their vehicles a General may order them to occupy another vehicle, sharing their knowledge with the rest of that vehicle's crew and sometimes making the difference in the heat of a battle. This double edged sword thus not only assures the USA will have far more survivors that may then be reused in other operations than other factions, but also to give an impression of "safety" to the population for what is in reality still a very risky job, as ejected pilots are still very much vulnerable to enemy fire.
The Pilot is a special unit that emerges from any USA vehicle or aircraft with Veterancy that has been destroyed: they may then be ordered to a General to occupy another vehicle and their veterancy rank will be added to that of the other vehicle's crew, meaning a rank 3 Paladin's pilot may occupy another rank 0 Paladin, making it as strong as the previous Paladin. The Pilot is also notably fast for an infantry unit, able to outrun slow tanks. Additionally, Pilots are able to climb cliffs and even swim in the event they are needed to bypass terrain.
Pilots are completely unarmed, and although it takes some time after the eject before the enemy is able to target them, they are still extremely vulnerable against anti-infantry weapons. The rank 2 and rank 3 pilots however will have regenerating health, which sometimes makes the difference when trying to escape a group of Kodiaks.
As stated above, the Pilot is unarmed, and can be easily killed by almost any units. Unlike the rest of USA infantry, they are not affected by the chemical suits upgrade, making them very vulnerable to toxins, radiation and flame weapons.
- The Pilot has two different models: one for aircraft survivors and another for vehicle survivors, but the in-game artwork is the same for both, depicting the aircraft survivor.
- In the event a pilot ejecting from an aircraft lands in the water or a cliff, they would die. This was fixed in version 1.86 when they were given the ability to climb cliffs and swim in water.