Pentagon removes Persian Gulf from imminent danger pay list

The Pentagon said Friday that it was removing the Persian Gulf and other areas from the list of locations where service members would receive imminent danger pay.

Troops will also no longer receive danger pay in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and several other countries and bodies of water across the globe, mostly in the Middle East and Africa.

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The Persian Gulf has been the source of some tension between the United States and Iran, as Tehran has made past threats to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial shipping route.

Service members receive an additional $7.25 per day for each day they are on duty in an imminent danger pay area, up to a maximum of $225 per month.

The changes, which take effect June 1, are being made after a recertification process, last completed in 2007.

“Following the Defense Department's review, it was determined that the imminent threat of physical harm to U.S. military personnel due to civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism, or wartime conditions has been significantly reduced in many countries,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “As a result, IDP will be discontinued in those areas.”

The move will affect roughly 50,000 service members and save $100 million, according to the Pentagon.

Many countries are still danger-pay eligible: Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and Egypt within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

Iran, where the U.S. does not have troops, has also been on the danger-pay list since 1979.

Here’s the Pentagon’s list of all the countries and areas where imminent danger pay will no longer be granted:

  • 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.