All members of Japanese parachute troops receive high pay as compared to that of
ordinary Japanese soldiers. They take special courses in foreign languages and
map reading, and must be familiar with airplanes and engine details. All
parachute troop officers are drawn from the Japanese Air Corps. They cannot
be over 28 years old, with the exception of the battalion commanders, usually
colonels, for whom the top allowable age is 35. In addition to meeting the
same rigid requirements as the younger men, officers must have completed
special courses at the Staff College.