The Defense Department has dropped several areas from its list of places that qualify for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP), including many where Hampton Roads service members are deployed.
The Pentagon determined that the imminent threat of physical harm to U.S. military personnel due to civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism, or wartime conditions has been significantly reduced in many countries and will discontinue IDP pay in those areas.
The extra pay totaled about $225 a month — or $7.50 a day — for all troops in the covered areas.
The following locations will no longer be designated as imminent danger areas for IDP purposes, effective June 1, 2014:
- The nine land areas of East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
- The six land areas and airspace above Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, and Montenegro.
- The four water areas of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, and the Red Sea.
- The water area and air space above the Persian Gulf.
IDP will remain in effect for Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Egypt within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
The last IDP recertification was completed in 2007.