Hardship Duty Pay (HDP) supersedes foreign duty pay (FDP). Hardship Duty Pay was established effective February 4, 1999, and FDP was terminated effective February 3, 1999. Hardship Duty Pay is payable to Navy service members entitled to basic pay, at a monthly rate not to exceed $1500, while the Navy service member is performing duty designated by the Secretary of Defense as hardship duty. The Secretary of Defense has established that HDP shall be paid to members for performing a designated hardship mission, when assigned to a designated location and/or, when serving on a designated involuntary extension of duty.
Hardship Duty Pay for Mission Assignment (HDP-M) is payable to Navy service members, both officer and enlisted, for performing hardship missions designated by the Secretary of Defense. Hardship Duty Pay for Mission Assignment is payable at the full monthly rate during any part of which the service member performs a specified mission. There will not be a proration or reduction in pay for portions of months where the specified mission is performed. Active and Reserve Component members who qualify, at any time during a month, shall receive the full amount of HDP-M regardless of the period of time on active duty or the number of days they receive basic pay during the month. Hardship Duty Pay-M is payable to all Navy service members at the rate of $150 per month regardless of pay grade.
Hardship Duty Pay for Location Assignment (HDP-L) is payable to Navy service members for either permanent change of station (PCS) duty or temporary/deployed/attached duty of over 30 days duration in specified locations. The combined maximum payable for HDP-M and HDP-L is $300 per month. Hardship Duty Pay for Location Assignment is payable to all Navy service members at a rate up to $150 per month.
Hardship Duty Pay for involuntary extension of duty is payable only to members assigned or attached to specific units deployed to the Iraqi area of operations. The only qualifying units are those specifically identified by the Combatant Commander for this purpose. Hardship Duty Pay for involuntary extension of duty is payable in addition to other HDP types as long as the total does not exceed a monthly rate of $1500. Hardship Duty Pay for involuntary extension of duty is payable at a monthly rate of $200. It is not to be prorated for partial months, but will be payable in the full $200 amount for any month during which the member meets qualifying criteria.