Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay

A combat controller, deployed with a U.S. Army Special Forces team in Afghanistan, searches for targets to provide close air support during an engagement with insurgents. (U.S. Air Force photo)
A combat controller, deployed with a U.S. Army Special Forces team in Afghanistan, searches for targets to provide close air support during an engagement with insurgents. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay are payable for duty performed in an area designated as hazardous. You can't get Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay at the same time. The monthly rate is $225 for any time when:

  • 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.

Locations

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) November  29, 1996
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
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
Libya (Land & airspace) March 19, 2011
Mali (Land area) June 7, 2017
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
Niger (Land area) June 7, 2017
Pakistan (Land area) November 26, 1996
Philippines (Mindanao land area & Sulu Archipelago land area) October 5, 2017
Somalia (Land & airspace) September 28, 1992
Somalia Coastal Waters December 26, 2006
South Sudan (Land & airspace) July 9, 2011
Sudan (Land & airspace) October 4, 1993
Syria (Land & airspace) July 31, 2003 and September 21, 2014
Tunisia (Land & airspace) March 19, 2011
Turkey (Land area excluding the Turkish Straits and including southern airspace) March 1, 1998
Turkey (Land area east of 33"51' E) September 19, 2016
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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