DOD Modifies Imminent Danger Pay for Mariners


March 2012


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The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced a federally mandated change to the way imminent danger pay (IDP) is determined. This change affects merchant mariners as well as members of the armed forces.

As noted by the DOD, mariners and service members previously would receive a specific amount of IDP per month ($225) if they spent any part of that month in an area where such pay was authorized. However, that formula changed when this year’s National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law.

The upshot is that mariners and service members now are paid a prorated daily amount of IDP ($7.50, or one-thirtieth of $225) only for the days actually spent in areas that qualify for such pay. Among the currently eligible countries are Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Kenya and the Philippines.

At the discretion of the Defense secretary, exceptions may be made for mariners or troops who are “exposed to a hostile-fire incident,” regardless of location. They may receive the full monthly amount of $225.



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