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Troops in 10 areas to get increased hardship duty pay

Jan. 7, 2014 - 08:31PM   |  
A Marine, left, with Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Timorese soldiers perform rushing techniques during a patrolling course as part of exercise Crocodilo 2012 in Metinaro, East Timor. Troops in 10 areas, including East Timor, will see a monthly increase of $50 in hardship duty pay starting June 1.
A Marine, left, with Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Timorese soldiers perform rushing techniques during a patrolling course as part of exercise Crocodilo 2012 in Metinaro, East Timor. Troops in 10 areas, including East Timor, will see a monthly increase of $50 in hardship duty pay starting June 1. (Cpl. Bobby J. Gonzalez / Marine Corps)
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Troops in 10 areas will see a monthly increase of $50 in hardship duty pay starting June 1, according to a Defense Department memo.

Bahrain also will become a new location that merits the pay at a rate of $50 a month.

Another 22 locations will have the pay cut off as of June 1, according to the same memo, signed Dec. 31 by Jessica Wright, acting under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

Hardship duty pay-location, or HDP-L, compensates troops assigned to areas with extraordinarily arduous quality-of-life conditions.

Pay will increase to $150 a month, from the current $100, for:

■ East Timor

■ Haiti

■ Liberia

■ Montenegro (Podgorica)

■ Rwanda

■ Saudi Arabia

■ Serbia

■ Kyrgystan

■ Tajikistan

■ Uzbekistan

The memo also names two areas that will no longer receive imminent danger pay in addition to those previously announced by DoD:

■ Any area in Malaysia other than the state of Sabah, which was recertified.

■ Any area in Indonesia other than the re-certified areas of the city of Jakarta, the four provinces of Central Java, East Kalimantan, central Sulawesi and Papua, and the region of Aceh.

About 50,000 fewer troops will receive IDP under the changes, saving about $108 million a year, said Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen.

The review that resulted in the changes began in July 2011, and included input from the Joint Staff, combatant commands and services. The previous review was conducted in 2007.

Other areas previously named by DoD that will no longer receive IDP as of June 1 include:

■ The Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, and the Red Sea.

■ The water area of the Persian Gulf and the airspace above it.

■ The land areas of East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgystan and Uzbekistan.

■ The six land areas and air space above Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro.

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