FORT CAMPBELL, KY - The U.S. Army is capping parachute positions at 49,000 soldiers as part of its overall cutback and reorganization of the military by 2020.
As a result, a Pathfinder unit at Fort Campbell, Ky., and multiple paratrooper units at Fort Bragg, N.C., are seeing soldiers taken off of jump status.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Don Peters says 24 units accounting for 2,600 soldiers are being removed from jump status as part of the changes. Peters says paratroopers will continue to train and be ready to execute airborne operations as the need arises.
Soldiers at Fort Campbell say they are ready to carry out their missions, even in a different way. Sgt. First Class Bryan Beville says "history is history" and the units will continue to fine-tune their skills.