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U.S. Military Pay and Allowances

Jump Pay

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Military members who are required to jump out of perfectly good aircraft as part of their military duties are entitled to a special kind of pay, known as "Jump Pay," or "Parachute Duty Pay."

There are two rates of Jump Pay, regular and HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening). Regular jump pay is $150 per month. HALO parachutists receive $225 per month. Only one type of parachute duty payment (regular or HALO) is authorized for a qualifying period. When a member qualifies for both types of parachute duty, the higher rate of pay is authorized.

Qualified members (for regular jump pay) are those who have received a designation as a parachutist or parachute rigger, or are undergoing training for such designations; who are required by competent orders to engage in parachute jumping from an aircraft in aerial flight, and who meet the minimum jump requirements, below.

For HALO, members must perform duty involving parachute jumping, as an essential part of such duty, in military free fall operations where parachute deployment by the jumper occurs without the use of a static line.

Additionally, for HALO, qualifying members are those who have graduated from the United States Army Military Free Fall Course or a Military Service recognized equivalent course; have received a designation as a HALO parachutist, or are undergoing training for such designation; and are required by competent orders to engage in parachute jumping at high altitudes without use of a static line from an aircraft in aerial flight. Jump requirements (below) must be satisfied by free fall jumps.

Jump Requirements

While there are some exceptions (such as for those who are temporarily incapacitated), to continue to qualify for Jump Pay, one must make at least one qualifying jump during a consecutive three-month period.

Qualifying jumps for entitlement to parachute pay shall be performed during a period of duty requiring parachute jumping as established by competent orders. Parachute jumps performed under the following circumstances do not qualify a member for entitlement to parachute pay:

    1. Parachute jumps performed by any member while on leave or during PCS (Permanent Change of Station Move) or TDY (Temporary Duty) /TAD (Temporary Active Duty) not requiring parachute jumping as an essential part of the duty.

    2. Parachute jumps performed by a member of a Reserve Component while on ADT (Active Duty for Training) that does not require parachute jumping as an essential part of the duty.

For detailed information about jump pay, see the Department of Defense (DOD) Pay Regulation, Volume 7A (Active Duty & Reserve Pay), Chapter 24 -- Parachute Duty, Flight Deck Duty, Demolition Duty, Experimental Stress Duty, and Others Listed.

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