Explosive ordnance disposal technicians perform final safety checks on their rappelling rigs before conducting rope rappels during night helicopter rope suspension training in Manama, Bahrain, in 2011. New restrictions on imminent danger pay will take effect in June. (MC2 John Hulle/Navy)
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Sailors stand to lose hundreds of dollars — in some cases, thousands — when new restrictions on imminent danger pay take effect in June.
The new rules will hit fleet sailors especially hard. They disqualify sailors on routine ship deployments from receiving the monthly imminent danger pay of $225 for patrolling 5th Fleet. The rules will also deny IDP to sailors stationed in Bahrain, where 5th Fleet is headquartered.
Defense officials say the cuts will be offset by a $50 boost in hazardous duty pay. Even so, sailors’ paychecks for these deployments — missions that involve anti-piracy patrols, launching strike fighters toward Afghanistan, transiting the Strait of Hormuz and other dangerous activities — will be substantially smaller.
How will the cuts affect you?
Were you counting on receiving IDP on your upcoming deployment? Are you stationed in Bahrain, headed there, or less likely to go there because of the cutbacks?
Do you think it’s fair that ships sailing in 5th Fleet waters are no longer considered as heading into harm’s way? Or do you feel this is a reasonable measure to save the taxpayers $108 million a year?
Navy Times wants to hear from sailors and spouses about how the cuts will affect their pocketbooks. Send your thoughts to staff writer Sam Fellman at firstname.lastname@example.org and be specific. Your comments may be featured in an upcoming story.