More money is coming for members of the Navy and Marine Corps just in time for the holidays!
Back in September, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus authorized Hardship Duty Pay – Tempo for Sailors who are deployed more than 220 consecutive days.
Sailors in the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group will be some of the first units to get the payments.
The Bataan ARG returned home in late October, and the Bush CSG will return home this week, both after serving nine-month deployments in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. Alyssa Hull's husband, Jeffrey, will be returning then. She says the payments are a nice gesture. "It's nice especially with the holidays coming up and everything, just being able to have a little extra Christmas," she said.
For those nearly 10,000 Sailors, the money will be paid out in their mid-December paychecks. Sailors and Marines will receive HDP-T on a prorated daily basis of $16.50, not to exceed a monthly rate of $495.
The Department of Defense is allowing the payments for two years. They’re meant to give more money to the Sailors and Marines who were willing got take on extended deployments.