Paratroopers who miss a jump within the required three-month time frame because aircraft aren’t available or other unforeseen circumstances can make it up and still receive parachute hazardous duty pay, according to a revamped Department of Defense instruction.
The change will allow paratroopers to keep their pay when circumstances out of their control prevent them from performing jumps. Paratroopers are required to jump once every three months as a standard for remaining proficient on airborne operations.
The change was recommended by Maj. Gen. Erik Kurilla, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, and approved last month by the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness.
Airborne leaders also are discussing a possible increase in compensation for jump masters, who inspect paratrooper equipment and lead aircraft actions during airborne operations.
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