My understanding is that the 120 you allude to is closer to 140...
...I don't doubt that people move to Reaper with QWI or other backgrounds; there are guys & girls who have completed CFS, QWI courses etc who are far from 'cutting & thrusting', to put it mildly. The current mindset amongst badged aircrew, from my experience anyways, is that an AO to the Reaper Force is a bit of a kick in the unmentionables...
In terms of current postings, we fairly regularly have pilots, WSOs and WSOps request to go that way for a variety of reasons. Domestic, career and operational are all cited.
...I think we are talking at slightly crossed purposes. I sit in no denigration of the RPAS community and have respect for what they do. My point - and it's a purely personal PoV - is that 'equalising' what non-aircrew RPAS blokes & girls do, with the years of training that badged aircrew have to complete, just doesn't square - for me, at any rate. If that were the case, they'd be eligible for RRP (Flying), FRIs etc in line with their contemporaries.
Nor am I suggesting that an experienced RPAS(P) should be allowed to go straight from a Reaper cabin to a Shadow or RJ cockpit. My point is that -assuming no medical or supervisory concerns - there should be no reason why an RPAS(P) could not go directly to 45 Sqn for a MEXO and employment in a manned role. Indeed, I suspect that many would be a lower training risk than an abbo due to the experience they’ve already gained. I also have no doubt whatsoever that most would excel and it would be beneficial for the Service as a whole.
In terms of Recruitment and Retention Pay (Flying), the clue’s in the name. Right now, we don’t struggle to recruit RPAS(P). However, the civilian demand for experienced RPAS and UAS pilots is growing fast and we’re already seeing PVR rates increase and more take their options. Therefore, RRP(F) is already being considered for RPAS(P) and I suspect it’ll only be a matter of time before they get it.