Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay

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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 & air space ) Nov. 1, 1998
Algeria (Land area) March 7, 1995
Azerbaijan (Land area) June 9, 1995
Burundi (Land area) Nov. 29, 1996
Cameroon (North and far north land area) June 7, 2017
Chad (Land area) Aug.11, 2008
Columbia (Land area) June 1, 1985
Congo, Democratic Republic of (Land area) November  29, 1996
Cuba (JTF Guantanamo Bay) December 26, 2006
Djibouti (Land area) July 31, 2002
Egypt (Land area) January 29, 1997
Ethiopia (Land area) September 13, 1999
Indonesia (Central Sulawesi and Papua land areas) June 1, 2014
Iran (Land area) November 4, 1979
Iraq (Land & air space) September 17, 1990
Israel (Land area) January 31, 2002
Jordan (Land area) January 29, 1997
Kenya (Land area) July 31, 2002
Kosovo (Land & air space) June 22, 1992
Lebanon (Land area) October 1, 1983
Libya (Land & air space) March 19, 2011
Malaysia (Sabah land area) June 1, 2014
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
Saudi Arabia September 14, 2019
Somalia (Land & air space) September 28, 1992
Somalia Coastal Waters December 26, 2006
South Sudan (Land & air space) July 9, 2011
Sudan (Land & air space) October 4, 1993
Syria (Land & air space) July 31, 2003 and Sep. 21, 2014
Tunisia (Land & air space) March 19, 2011
Turkey (Land area excluding the Turkish Straits and including southern air space) March 1, 1998
Turkey (Landpay 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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