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Loss of 'Imminent Danger' Pay Goes in Effect Sunday

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(KCEN) -- Effective today, some U.S. troops deployed to potentially dangerous or hazardous areas across the world will lose extra pay.

The areas include East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Bodies of water removed from the list are the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and the Red Sea. The land area and air space of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro have also been removed from the list.

So what does this mean? According to the Department of Defense, countries and areas are on the imminent danger pay list because they pose an imminent threat of physical harm to U.S. personnel stationed there. This unrest can come from situations like civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism or wartime conditions. The DOD has determined those threats of unrest and danger have been significantly reduced in these places listed above.

A U.S. soldier stationed in an imminent danger area receives an extra $225 monthly stipend and two weeks of R&R after a 12-month deployment period. Starting Sunday, June 1, about 50,000 troops stationed in the areas removed from the imminent danger criteria no longer qualify for that extra pay and R&R.

"This is a process that began in [2011]," said DOD spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren in a statement sent out in late April. "And included in-depth threat assessment from the combatant commands and military services.

Warren said this change wasn't a budget driven one, but part of a routine re-certification that happens every couple of years as an ongoing process.

Areas that still remain on the imminent danger pay list include Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and Egypt.

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