Obama Suspends Hazard Pay for Deployed U.S. Troops

One of the few comforts to the families of deployed troops is the knowledge that their loved one is being well compensated for the extra risks they are taking.

One of the few comforts to the men and women on the front lines is the knowledge that their families at home are well provided for while they are away.

In stripping thousands of deployed troops of their hazard pay, Obama proves once more how little respect he has for our military and the sacrifices they and their families make to keep us safe.

Javier Manjarres reports at The Shark Tank:

President Obama’s latest policy outrage makes no attempt to hide his contempt for our military, as he is ordering that our troops serving overseas in war zones overseas are not to receive combat pay unless they are being shot at, or at risk of being injured by hostile aggression. A Marine who lives in Florida(also currently serving in Afghanistan) has just posted a note on Facebook which stated that he received a letter from his MyPay account that he would only be receiving his Hazard pay (Imminent Danger Pay) if he is actually in a hostile area and at risk of being shot at.

So I just got a letter from MyPay (the way we get paid in the military), saying that I will only reason Combat Pay while deployed for the days that I take fire or am in a hostile area. Now, as an Infantry Marine, I’m constantly in a combat zone…it may not always be popping off, but for them to take that away from us is bullshit. Now, the aviation tech who sits on Camp Leatherneck, sure, I can see him not getting Combat Pay, but to take it away from the grunts, the ground pounders, the front line of defense…come on, Uncle Sam. You let the Liberals win a big one here… Marine from Florida (We are not posting his name for obvious reasons)

According to Military.com, and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (H.R. 1540-7 Sec 616) as of February 1, 2012, this new measure went into effect, and soldiers who are to receive the additional $225/mo. combat pay ‘must’ be in immediate risk of harm. The measure is very specific in its criteria for receiving the additonal pay.

The rules for Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay have changed. Service members will now receive imminent danger pay only for days they actually spend in hazardous areas. This change went in effect on February 1, 2012.

A member of a uniformed service may be entitled to Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger pay at the rate of $225 for any month in which he/she was entitled to basic pay and in which he/she was:

  • Subject to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines;
  • On duty in an area in which he was in imminent danger of being exposed to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines and in which, during the period he was on duty in that area, other members of the uniformed services were subject to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines;
  • Killed, injured, or wounded by hostile fire, explosion of a hostile mine, or any other hostile action; or
  • On duty in a foreign area in which he was subject to the threat of physical harm or imminent danger on the basis of civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism, or wartime conditions.
The last bullet point speaks volumes as to the sheer stupidity of this measure. The whole point of going to Afghanistan and Iraq was for combat operations- Afghanistan still is a hostile warzone, and both U.S. and NATO forces continue to suffer losses in and out of combat hot zones. Insurgent attacks have accured throughout areas that have been deemed ‘safe’, and in areas where hostilities were not forseen.

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6 thoughts on “Obama Suspends Hazard Pay for Deployed U.S. Troops”

  1. I just came across this through a link from an e-mail being passed around.

    While I agree with your purpose for this blog, you have misunderstood the change to HFP. Previously, members would receive a months worth of HFP/IDP even if they were only in the area for a day. Indeed, there are many anecdotal stories of missions from Europe to the war zone being scheduled for the last day of one month and the first of the next, ensuring that all members on the mission receive two months worth of HFP. With the change, members only receive HFP/IDP for the days they are actually in the combat zone. All of Afghanistan is part of the combat zone. Whether combat is actually occurring or it is quite, if troops are in Afghanistan or any other declared hostile fire region, they are earning HFP/IDP for the day. If they are in the country for the whole month, they will earn it for the whole month.

    I know this first-hand–I earned HFP/IDP both before and after February 1. The only change was from an “any part of a month” basis to a daily basis.

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