I know importance of UAVs and providing ISR/CAS is pretty damn good mission.
I will tell you, as someone who was 'banked' in the early 1990s, the USAF did keep their promise to bring all the 'banked' guys back to flying, so there is precedent to eventually go to an actual aircraft. In addition, hopefully, this will count as your early 'bad deal' tour, and you can avoid another one until much later.
Did they get any more specific as to which type of aircraft you will go to as a follow on? (ie Tanker, Transport)?
Currently, that's a promise. No idea what's next as I hear returning from UAVs is not that easy due to some reasons/issues.