By Sgt. Priscilla Sneden
Before the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, service members received the full monthly amount of imminent danger pay for serving any time in a designated imminent danger area.
Effective Feb. 1, the Department of Defense began prorating the special pay to compensate service members $7.50 for each day they are in an imminent danger area. If a member is there for the entire month, he or she will receive the full rate of $225 per month.
What is imminent danger pay?
Imminent Danger Pay is paid to a member on duty in an area designated as an imminent danger area.
What is an imminent danger area?
An imminent danger area is one in which a member is subject to the threat of physical harm or imminent danger because of civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism, or wartime conditions.
How will this change affect me?
Some members may have been overpaid between the date the NDAA was signed on December 31, 2011, and February 1, 2012, when the pay systems began proration. The military services are working to waive or remit debts for members who may have been overpaid for January. Members do not need to request or take any action for this to take place. Furthermore, service members may see a difference in their paychecks as early as Feb. 15. If you have questions about this pay please contact your finance office.