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Hardship Duty Pay (Enlisted)

Hardship Duty Pay Missions (HDP-M)
HDP-M is paid for specific missions. It is payable to both officers and enlisted personnel of the active and reserve component, at the full monthly rate whenever any part of the month is served fulfilling a specific mission. A member assigned to, on temporary duty with or otherwise under the operational control of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA), or the Central Identification Lab-Hawaii (CIL-HI) may qualify for HDP-M based on performance of a hardship mission members so assigned are entitled for each month in which they perform investigative or remains recovery in a remote, isolated area (including, but not limited to, areas in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and North Korea) for recovery of U.S. service member remains.

Hardship Duty Pay-Location
HDP for location assignments (HDP-L) is payable to officers and enlisted personnel in a designated area for over 30 days and terminates upon permanent departure from the area. There are two types of HDP-L:
  • HDP-L for designated areas (HDP-L(DA)

  • HDP-L for certain places (HDP-L(CP); this was terminated December 31, 2001, and only serves as a savings provision for members who have never left those areas since termination.


HDP-L became effective 1 Jan, 2001 and is compensation paid to members assigned outside the continental United States in Quality of Life (QoL) Hardship locations -- Locations where QoL living conditions are substantially below the standard most members in the continental United States would generally experience. HDP-L is intended to recognize the extraordinary arduous living conditions, excessive physical hardship, and/or unhealthful conditions that exist in a location or assignment.

HDP Rates:
Rates are payable in increments of $50, $100, or $150 a month based on the level of QoL hardship in a given area.The combined maximum HDP-L and HDP-M payable is $300.00 per month. The individual maximum for HDP-M is payable at the flat rate of $150.00 per month and HDP-L is payable on a scale not to exceed $150.00 per month.

Specifics:

  • All members serving on PCS in a designated area, or serving in a temporary duty or deployed status for over 30 consecutive days in the area will receive HDP-L.

  • Members on permanent reassignment to the area will be eligible from the day of arrival.

  • Members TDY to the area are not eligible during the first 30 days of consecutive service at the designated location. On the 31 st day, HDP-L will be payable retroactive to the date of reporting.

  • Entitlement to HDP-L terminates the day before a member departs PCS


Below are the monthly rates in effect as of Jan. 1 for all locations that qualify for the pay. If no specific cities are listed within a country, all locations in that country qualify for the pay.

Regions with single rates

Area " Monthly rate in dollars

Afghanistan " $100

Alaska

"Attu, St. Paul, Port Clarence, Unalaska, Shoal Cove and Tok; Eareckson Air Station; Annette Island; Clear; Fort Greely, Cordova and all areas above 66?33' N latitude" " 150

Albania " 150

Algeria " 100

American Samoa " 50

Angola " 150

Antarctic Region

(below 60?S latitude) " 150

Antigua AS " 50

Arctic Region

(above 66?33'N latitude) " 150

Armenia " 150

Ascension AAF " 150

Australia

Alice Springs and Learmonth Observatory " 50

Azerbaijan " 100

Azores (Portugal) " 50

Bahamas

Andros Island " 50

Bangladesh " 150

Belarus " 150

Belize

Belize City " 100

Other " 150

Benin " 150

Bolivia

Cochabamba " 50

Other " 150

Bosnia-Herzegovina " 100

Botswana

Selabi Phikwe " 100

Brazil

"Sao Paulo; Fortaleza, Ceara; Recife, Pernambuco; and the states of Amazonas, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Para, Piaui, Rondonia, Roriame, Rio de Janeiro and Brazilia" " 50

Brunei " 100

Bulgaria " 150

Burkina " 150

Burma (Myanmar) " 150

Burundi " 100

Cambodia " 150

Cameroon " 150

Canada

Northwest Territory " 150

Cape Verde " 150

Central African Republic " 150

Chad " 100

Chagos Archipelago

Diego Garcia " 150

Other " 50

China

Beijing " 100

"Chengdu, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Other" " 150

"Shanghai, Hong Kong" " 50

Colombia " 50

Congo

Brazzaville " 150

Other " 100

Cook Islands

Rarotonga " 50

Other " 100

Costa Rica

San Jose " 0

Croatia " 50

Cuba

"Havana, JTF-Guantanamo Bay" " 150

Other Guantanamo Bay " 100

Cyprus " 50

Democratic Republic of Congo " 100

Djibouti " 100

Dominican Republic " 150

East Timor " 100

Ecuador " 100

Egypt

Cairo West AB " 100

"Ras Nasrani, El Gorah" " 50

Other " 100

El Salvador

San Salvador " 150

Other " 100

Equitorial Guinea " 150

Eritrea " 100

Estonia " 50

Ethiopia " 100

Fiji " 100

Gabon " 150

Gambia " 150

Georgia " 150

Ghana " 150

Greece

Kavala Relay Station " 100

Greenland " 150

Grenada " 50

Guatemala

Guatemala City " 50

Other " 100

Guinea " 150

Guinea Bissau " 150

Guyana " 150

Haiti " 100

Honduras " 150

Hungary

Budapest " 0

Other " 50

Iceland

Reykjavik " 50

India " 150

Indonesia " 100

Iraq " 100

Israel " 50

Ivory Coast " 100

Jamaica

Kingston " 100

Johnston Atoll " 150

Jordan

"King Faisal AB, Prince Hasan, Shaheed" " 100

Other " 50

Kazakhstan " 150

Kenya " 100

Kosovo " 100

Kuwait " 100

Kyrgyzstan " 100

Laos " 150

Latvia " 50

Lebanon " 100

Lesotho " 150

Liberia

Monrovia " 100

Libya " 150

Macedonia " 100

Madagascar " 150

Malawi " 150

Malaysia " 50

Mali " 150

Malta " 50

Marshall Islands

Majuro " 100

"Kwajalein Atoll, Other" " 50

Mauritania " 150

Mauritius " 50

Mexico

"Ciudad Juarez, Metapa, Mexico City, Tapachula" " 100

"Hermosito, Merida, Monterrey, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana, Tuxtia Gutierrez" " 50

Micronesia " 150

Moldova " 150

Mongolia " 150

Montenegro " 100

Mozambique " 150

Namibia " 50

Nepal " 150

Nicaragua

Managua " 100

Other " 150

Niger " 150

Nigeria " 150

North Korea " 150

Oman

Muscat " 50

Other " 100

Pakistan " 100

Palau " 50

Panama

Panama City " 0

Other " 50

Papua New Guinea " 150

Paraguay " 50

Peru " 150

Philippines " 100

Poland " 50

Puerto Rico

Vieques Island " 50

Qatar

"Al Udeid, Camp Snoopy, Camp As Syliyah" " 50

Romania " 100

Russia " 150

Rwanda " 100

Sao Tome and Principe " 150

Saudi Arabia " 100

Senegal " 100

Serbia " 100

Sierra Leone " 150

Slovakia " 50

Solomon Islands " 100

South Africa " 50

South Korea

Area 1 " 150

"Camp Yongin, Gwang Ju AB, Pohang" " 100

Other " 50

Sri Lanka " 150

Suriname " 150

Swaziland " 50

Syria " 100

Taiwan

Kaohsiung " 100

Taipei " 50

Other " 150

Tajikistan " 100

Tanzania " 150

Thailand

"Bangkok, Chiang Mai" " 50

Other " 150

Togo " 150

Trinidad and Tobago " 100

Tunisia " 50

Turkey

"Afyon, Batman, Corlu, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Iskendrun, Mardin, Mersin, Oguzeli, Sabiha Gokcen, Sanliurfa, Tasucu, Nusaybin, Konya, Pirinclik" " 100

Eskisehir " 50

Turkmenistan " 150

Uganda " 100

Ukraine " 150

United Arab Emirates

"Dubai, Abu Dhabi " " 0

Other " 100

Uzbekistan " 100

Vanuatu " 100

Venezuela " 150

Vietnam " 150

Western Sahara

Laayoune and MINURSO UN Team Site " 150

Yemen " 100

Zambia " 150

Zimbabwe " 150
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