DoD Reduces Number of Locations for Imminent Danger Pay

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced they have reassessed the areas that qualify for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP). Imminent Danger Pay is a benefit given to troops serving in locations that are deemed to be hostile or dangerous. The benefit provides troops in imminent danger areas a bonus of $7.50 per day, up to the maximum monthly rate of $225.

Qualifying for Imminent Danger Pay: IDP is a location and risk based benefit. In general, the DoD considers areas where service members are at high risk for subject to the threat of physical harm or imminent danger on the basis of civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism, or wartime conditions. This includes exposure to gun fire, mines, rockets and mortar attacks, and similar acts of aggression.

Changes reportedly not budget driven: The statement released by the DoD stated the areas were removed from the IDP zones as part of a routine recertification process, and not due to budget constraints.

The review concluded, “The imminent threat of physical harm to U.S. military personnel due to civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism or wartime conditions is significantly reduced in many countries, resulting in the discontinuation of imminent danger pay in those areas.”

Locations removed from Imminent Danger Pay Zones:

The DOD news release noted the following areas would no longer be designated as imminent danger areas for IDP purposes:

  • 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.

Locations still included in the IDP zones include Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, and Yemen.

The DoD estimates this will produce approximately $100 million in savings, based on 2012 service numbers.


These changes go into effect on June 1, 2014.

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Date published: January 14, 2014. Last updated: March 18, 2014.

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