Armed Forces News

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper has announced

that the Air Force will reduce the number of command

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positions that qualify for Command Responsibility Pay.

Personnel officials said that about one third of the

officers now receiving CRP will be affected. Each service

is authorized to pay up to 10 percent of its members in

command billets at monthly rates of $50 for majors, $100

for lieutenant colonels and $150 for colonels. But because

of critical expeditionary commitments, the number of

command positions has grown beyond the congressional

authority to pay them. Now, CRP eligibility will be based

on one or more of the following: likelihood of deploying

to a combat zone; uniqueness or criticality of primary

mission; and deployment for a year or more. Commanders

affected will see the adjustment in their October pay.