On Feb. 1, a change in the Imminent Danger Pay calculation went into effect, causing some confusion for service members and families on the receiving end. While a daily rate replaces old monthly calculations, the new policy may have less of an impact than many people think.
Here are some things to know about the new Imminent Danger Pay policy:
What are the Changes
Prior to the change, any military member in a qualified imminent danger area received a month’s allowance, regardless of how long he or she was there. Now IDP will be paid as a daily rate for the length of time spent in an area. The daily rate is $7.50, but if a member serves an entire month, they receive the full $225.00.
Exceptions to Day Rate
Service members will still receive the full monthly rate if they meet any of the following criteria:
- Subject to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines
- On duty in an area and in imminent danger of being exposed to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines, in which during that time other members were subject to hostile action
- Killed, injured or wounded by hostile fire, mine explosion or other hostile action
- On duty in a foreign area in which he or she is subject to threat of physical harm or imminent danger on the basis of civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism or wartime conditions.
Only those who travel in or out of a designated area in a given month will have their pay affected.
If Your Pay Changes
While the pay change may not affect every service member, those it touches could see a difference in pay as early as Feb. 15. As with any pay adjustment, budget adjustments typically follow. A service member may need to start budgeting and find a tool to help or perhaps find a few ways to trim the expenses of their military lifestyle.
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