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Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay

Fewer troops will receive combat pay starting June 1. (Source: DoD)

Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay are payable for duty performed in an area designated as hazardous. A member is not authorized to receive both Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay at the same time. The monthly rate is $225 for any time 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.

Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger pay are prorated for partial months.


Designated Hostile Fire or Imminent Danger Pay Areas
Area Begin Date
Afghanistan (Land & airspace ) November 1, 1998
Algeria (Land area) March 7, 1995
Azerbaijan (Land area) June 9, 1995
Burundi (Land area) November 29, 1996
Chad (Land area) August 11, 2008
Columbia (Land area) June 1, 1985
Congo, Democratic Republic of (Land area) January 1, 1997
Cote D'Ivorie (Land area) February 27, 2003
Cuba (JTF Guantanamo Bay) December 26, 2006
Djibouti (Land area) July 31, 2002
Egypt (Land area) January 29, 1997
Eritrea (Land area) July 31, 2002
Ethiopia (Land area) September 13, 1999
Greece (Land area within 20km from the center of Athens) March 27, 2007
Iran (Land area) November 4, 1979
Iraq (Land & airspace) September 17, 1990
Israel (Land area) January 31, 2002
Jordan (Land area) January 29, 1997
Kenya (Land area) July 31, 2002
Kosovo (Land & airspace) June 22, 1992
Lebanon (Land area) October 1, 1983
Malaysia (Sabah) June 1, 2014
Mediterranean Sea (Water area from the North African coast from 26°0"E to the East Coast of Tunisia, north to 34°35"N) March 19, 2011
Pakistan (Land area) November 26, 1996
Philippines (Land area) October 31, 2001
Somalia (Land & airspace) September 28, 1992
Somalia Coastal Waters December 26, 2006
Sudan (Land & airspace) October 4, 1993
Syria (Land area) July 31, 2003
Tunisia (Land & airspace) March 19, 2011
Turkey (Land area excluding the Turkish Straits and including southern airspace) March 1, 1998
Uganda (Land area) January 19, 2000
Yemen (Land area) May 25, 1999


Note: Reserve members are also eligible for Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay.

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