Military members may be entitled to extra pay, depending on the circumstances. Those 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."
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Military Special Pay: Jump Pay

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Military members may be entitled to extra pay, depending on the circumstances. These special pays are subject to income tax, unless earned in a designated combat zone. 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."

Jump requirements mean that you 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.

There are two rates of Jump Pay, regular and HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening).

REGULAR JUMP PAY

Regular jump pay is $150 per month.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.

HALO JUMP PAY

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. HALO parachutists receive $225 per month.

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 must be satisfied by free fall jumps.

Only one type of parachute duty payment (Regular Jump Pay or HALO) is authorized for a qualifying period. When a military member qualifies for both types of parachute duty, the higher rate of pay is applied.



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