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Other pay: Imminent Danger/Hostile Fire Pay

May. 10, 2010 - 02:47PM   |   Last Updated: May. 10, 2010 - 02:47PM  |  

When military personnel serve on land, aboard ship or in aircraft within an officially declared "imminent danger area," they are entitled to be paid an extra $225 a month.

Troops do not have to be committed to combat to qualify for imminent danger pay; they just have to be on official duty in an officially designated area. Members who unexpectedly come under hostile fire in a foreign country are entitled to hostile fire pay, which also is $225 a month. However, a member may not receive both imminent danger pay and hostile fire pay in the same month.

Imminent danger pay is tax-free if earned inside a designated combat zone or hazardous duty area.

For the areas that qualify for imminent danger pay, visit and click on "Pay Charts."

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