Imminent Danger Pay Areas Revised

Imminent danger pay area

Effective 1 June 2014, there is a revision to the list of approved areas the areas for which troops are eligible to receive Imminent Danger Pay (IDP).

The following areas will be removed from the IDP list:

• The nine land areas of East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

• The six land areas and airspace above Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro.

• The four water areas of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, and the Red Sea.

• The water area and air space above the Persian Gulf.

These decisions were based upon a routine review of qualifying areas.  Areas receiving IDP are meant to be locations where there is “the imminent threat of physical harm to U.S. military personnel due to civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism or wartime conditions.”  The areas being removed from the list no longer meet the criteria required.  This was determined by in-depth risk assessments by the relevant combatant commanders in conjunction with the individual services and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The last such review occurred in 2007.

The list adjustments will reduce the amount of IDP by approximately 20%, saving the Department of Defense around $100 million per year.

IDP is paid at a rate of $7.50 per day, up to a maximum of $225 per month.  It was previously paid on a monthly basis, with the entire monthly payment amount paid even if the servicemember was in the IDP area for just one day.


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  • Dwight

    Our governemnt hates soldiers period! Every Month is it something else we are losing. It is sad that soldiers past and present can`t see what`s been happening. This is absurd to see soldiers getting 1% raises, Tricare price changes up to 400% over 4-5 years.Retirement pay changes etc.. I love my Army and the soldiers but I am convinced most of our Political Leaders have never served and think we are spoiled and overpaid. I listen to the news briefs and work in this environment everyday and I am saddening. Out n Out Shameful! We got change alright we got urinated on on! Stay toned there is something else for the month of February.We are watching you and writing in about you ungrateful civilians in office!

  • Do you know if these areas are also going to to be removed from the combat zone tax exclusion list?

    • KateKashman

      Anjali, removing these areas from the IDP list does not remove them from the CZTE list. There is no change at this time. The CZTE list is also reviewed regularly, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they are removed from the CZTE at some point in the future.

      • Thanks for the quick response! My husband is deploying to Kuwait March 1st for six months, so I’m trying to keep track of all the updates.