Combat-related Injury and Rehabilitation Pay (CIP)

Combat-related Injury and Rehabilitation Pay (CIP) is special pay paid to servicemembers during a portion of time during rehabilitation from wounds, injuries and illness incurred in a combat operation or combat zone. CIP gives eligible servicemembers the opportunity to adjust to the future reduction of pay they were getting in the combat zone prior to being evacuated for medical treatment.

CIP is $430 per month minus any Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay (HF/IDP) paid that month. HF/IDP continues for up to three months for servicemembers hospitalized for the treatment of an injury, wounds or illness incurred in a combat zone or operation. This means that during this three month period CIP is reduced to $205 a month (an offset of $225 a month).

CIP Eligibility
A servicemember is eligible for CIP if they are medically evacuated as an inpatient in a Military Treatment Facility (MTF) or an outpatient receiving extensive rehabilitation or other medical care with residence in quarters within the military healthcare system to include:

  • Mologne House, Fisher Houses, Warrior Transition Units (WTU), Warriors in Transition (WT) and others directly related to the MTF.
    Or
  • Billeting constructed or designed for the purpose of housing patients for extensive outpatient rehabilitation or other medical care in an MTF.

A servicemember is not entitled to CIP if their wound, injury or illness is due to their own intentional misconduct or willful negligence, or during a period of unauthorized leave (AWOL).

Qualifying Combat Operations
Combat operations currently designated by the Secretary of Defense for CIP purposes are Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Combat zones designated by the Secretary of Defense for CIP purposes include but are not limited to Iraq, Kuwait, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

CIP terminates at the end of the first month during which a servicemember:

  • Is notified of eligibility and a period of 30 days expires after the notification, or the servicemember is paid by Traumatic Service Members Group Life Insurance (TSGLI), whichever is earlier.
    Or
  • Is discharged/released from the MTF and is not receiving extensive outpatient rehabilitation or other medical care in residence in quarters affiliated with the military healthcare system. CIP is not restarted if the servicemember is re-hospitalized for the same condition. If a servicemember returns to the combat zone a new wound, injury or illness could qualify for a new CIP entitlement. 
    Or
  • servicemember begins convalescent leave.
    Or
  • Is transferred to a VA Hospital, released from Active Duty, or attached to a Community-Based Health Care Organization.

CIP Payment Examples
A servicemember is evacuated from the combat zone for medical treatment on 27 November 2005 and remained eligible through 15 April 2006; CIP payment due to servicemember for April 2006 (CIP payments are not prorated).

A servicemember is evacuated from the combat zone for medical treatment on 1 May 2006 and remained eligible through 2 July 2006; CIP payment due to servicemember for June and July 2006. The servicemember will continue to receive the pays earned in the combat zone in May 2006.

A servicemember is evacuated from the combat zone for medical treatment on 10 February 2006 and received a TSGLI payment on 30 March 2006; No CIP payment to the servicemember.

A servicemember is evacuated from the combat zone for medical treatment on 10 February 2006 and remained eligible through 10 July 2006 but received a TSGLI payment on 15 June 2006; CIP payment due to servicemember for April, May and June 2006.

A servicemember is evacuated from the combat zone for medical treatment on 10 May 2006 and remained eligible through 30 July 2006 but started 30 days convalescent leave on 15 June 2006; CIP payment to servicemember for June 2006.

Contact your chain of command, local MTF CIP Point of Contact, or local Finance Office for assistance, or members of the U.S. Army may also contact:
CIP Program Coordinator
Commercial: 1-800-237-1336
Combatinjury.pay@us.army.mil

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