Hardship Duty Pay

U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force (MRF), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, detonate a water charge on a mock-up of a steel door during a demolition range conducted at Arta Beach, Djibouti, Feb. 6. Cpl. Devan K. Gowans/Marine Corps
U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force (MRF), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, detonate a water charge on a mock-up of a steel door during a demolition range conducted at Arta Beach, Djibouti, Feb. 6. Cpl. Devan K. Gowans/Marine Corps

Hardship duty pay is is additional compensation paid to servicemembers assigned to locations where living conditions are substantially below those conditions in the continental U.S. (CONUS).

Hardship Duty Pay-Location (HDP-L)

HDP-L is paid to those serving in locations where living conditions are substantially below those normally found within the continental United States. Rates are payable in increments of $50, $100, or $150 a month based on the level of hardship in a given area.

All service members permanently assigned or TAD/TDY for over 30 consecutive days in a designated area, will receive HDP-L.

For specific locations and amounts check with your personnel office.

Hardship Duty Pay-Mission (HDP-M)

HDP-M is for members assigned to locations or duties that are deemed particularly arduous or require them to perform duties outside of normal military operations. Currently, only those involved in locating POW remains from the Vietnam war can receive the $150 monthly HDP-M.

Hardship Duty Pay-Tempo (HDP-T)

HDP-T is for members who have specific OPTEMPO duties that involve excessive amounts of time outside their permanent station.

Currently, only Sailors and Marines who are deployed more than 220 consecutive days are eligible for the $495 monthly payment for all time over the 220 day deployment mark.

Restrictions

If you get Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) or Hostile Fire Pay (HFP), then the maximum amount of HDP-L is $100. The total entitlement of HDP-L plus HFP or IDP in any 1 month can't exceed $325.

In no case can you get a combined payment of HDP-L, HDP-M, and HDP-T that is more than $1,500.

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