Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Tell us: Should sailors keep their danger pay for 5th Fleet duty?

Jan. 9, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Explosive ordnance disposal technicians perform final safety checks on their rappelling rigs before conducting rope rappels during night helicopter rope suspension training in Manama, Bahrain, in 2011. New restrictions on imminent danger pay will take effect in June.
Explosive ordnance disposal technicians perform final safety checks on their rappelling rigs before conducting rope rappels during night helicopter rope suspension training in Manama, Bahrain, in 2011. New restrictions on imminent danger pay will take effect in June. (MC2 John Hulle/Navy)
  • Filed Under

Sailors stand to lose hundreds of dollars — in some cases, thousands — when new restrictions on imminent danger pay take effect in June.

The new rules will hit fleet sailors especially hard. They disqualify sailors on routine ship deployments from receiving the monthly imminent danger pay of $225 for patrolling 5th Fleet. The rules will also deny IDP to sailors stationed in Bahrain, where 5th Fleet is headquartered.

Defense officials say the cuts will be offset by a $50 boost in hazardous duty pay. Even so, sailors’ paychecks for these deployments — missions that involve anti-piracy patrols, launching strike fighters toward Afghanistan, transiting the Strait of Hormuz and other dangerous activities — will be substantially smaller.

How will the cuts affect you?

Were you counting on receiving IDP on your upcoming deployment? Are you stationed in Bahrain, headed there, or less likely to go there because of the cutbacks?

Do you think it’s fair that ships sailing in 5th Fleet waters are no longer considered as heading into harm’s way? Or do you feel this is a reasonable measure to save the taxpayers $108 million a year?

Navy Times wants to hear from sailors and spouses about how the cuts will affect their pocketbooks. Send your thoughts to staff writer Sam Fellman at sfellman@navytimes.com and be specific. Your comments may be featured in an upcoming story.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In Pay & Benefits

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan
Rates

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.


This Week's Air Force Times

This Week's Air Force Times

Recruiters overwhelmed
Crushing demands of job lead some to falsify reports

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Classifieds
MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.
Woman who cried rape
(3 replies)
   Last Post: TJMAC77SP
        May 3, 2014 1:32 PM
   Last Post: garhkal
        May 1, 2014 5:03 PM
Cliven Bundy
(45 replies)
   Last Post: Chief_KO
        Apr 26, 2014 9:49 AM
Handbooks

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook