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Hardship Duty Pay

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Updated April 25, 2011

Hardship Duty Pay - Location, or HDP-L is additional compensation paid to service members during assignment in land areas outside the continental United States where living conditions are substantially below the standard compared to the continental United States. The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy designates the locations that qualify for HDP-L using assessment process from the survey submitted by the location commander via their Regional Commander.

The Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Authorization Act sets the maximum amount of Hardship Duty Pay at $1,500 per month (up from a maximum of $750 per month the year before). However, that's the maximum amount payable. The Department of Defense can set the amount they pay at any amount (up to the maximum). For 2008, the maximum DOD pays for any listed location is $150 per month.

Hardship Duty Pay is taxable, unless the member is assigned to a designated tax-exempt combat zone.

Below are the locations in which Hardship Duty Pay is authorized for calandar year 2008:

Afghanistan

Alaska

Albania

Algeria

American Samoa

Angola

Antarctic Region

Antigua

Arctic Circle Region

Armenia

Ascension AAF

Australia

Azores (Portugal)

Bahamas

Bangladesh

Belarus

Belize

Benin

Bolivia

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina

Burma (Myanmar)

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Chad

Chagos Archipelago

China

Colombia

Congo

Cook Islands

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus

Democratic Republic of Congo

Djibouti

Dominican Republic

East Timor

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equitorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Fiji

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Ghana

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iraq

Israel

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Johnston Atoll

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kosovo

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Mali

Majuro

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Mongolia

Montenegro

Mozambique

Namibia

Nepal

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

North Korea

Oman

Pakistan

Palau

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

Solomon Islands

South Africa

South Korea

Sri Lanka

Suriname

Swaziland

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

Togo

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

Uzbekistan

Vanatu

Venezuela

Vietnam

Western Sahara

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

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