Imminent Danger Pay Locations & Hostile Fire Pay Eligibility

The Department of Defense (DoD) frequently reassesses and updates the areas that qualify for...

The Department of Defense (DoD) frequently reassesses and updates the areas that qualify for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP). Imminent Danger Pay is a benefit given to troops serving in locations that are deemed to be hostile or dangerous. The benefit provides troops in imminent danger areas a payment of $7.50 per day, up to the maximum monthly rate of $225.

Hostile Fire Pay (HFP) is often lumped together with Imminent Danger Pay. However, you only need to serve in the qualifying area to qualify for IDP. You must actually be exposed to hostile fire, or a hostile mine explosion event, to be eligible for Hostile Fire Pay.

While IDP is prorated based on the number of days in the month the member served in the Imminent Danger Pay location, Hostile Fire Pay is a non-prorated benefit. Members exposed to hostile fire will receive the full monthly amount of $225, regardless of the number of days they served in the area.

Members cannot receive both IDP and HFP in the same month.

Qualifying for Imminent Danger Pay & Hostile Fire Pay

IDP is a location and risk-based benefit. In general, the DoD considers areas where service members are at high risk or subject to the threat of physical harm or imminent danger on the basis of civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism, or wartime conditions. This includes exposure to gunfire, mines, rockets and mortar attacks, and similar acts of aggression.

The commander determines HFP based on whether a member is:

  • Subject to hostile fire or mine explosions
  • In an area near hostile fire or mine explosions which endanger the member
  • Killed, injured, or wounded by hostile fire, mines, or any hostile action

There are also three special situations that affect HFP/IDP. These apply to members who are:

  • Captured or missing
  • Hospitalized as a result of hostile action
  • Otherwise entitled to HFP/IDP but are missing from the area for an entire calendar month

Imminent Danger Pay Locations

The Department of Defense regularly reviews IDP locations and will, from time to time, add or remove countries from this list based on “the imminent threat of physical harm to U.S. military personnel due to civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism or wartime conditions.”

Area Includes Effective Dates
(From - Through)
Afghanistan Land area and airspace Nov 01, 1988
Algeria Land area Mar 07, 1995
Arabian Peninsula (Sea Area Adjacent to) The surface area of the following sea boundaries:
- Red Sea;
- Gulf of Aden;
- Gulf of Oman; and
- Arabian Sea:
north of 10° 00’N Latitude; and
west of 68° 00’E Longitude
Sep 19, 2001 May 31, 2014
Azerbaijan Land area Jun 09, 1995
Bahrain Land area and airspace Jun 13, 1997 May 31, 2014
Burundi Land area Nov 29, 1996
Cameroon
- Far North
- North

Land area
Land area

Jun 07, 2017
Jun 07, 2017
Chad Land area Aug 11, 2008
Colombia Land area Jun 01, 1985
Congo, Democratic Republic of (formerly Zaire) Land area Nov 29, 1996
Cote D’Ivoire Land area Feb 27, 2003
Cuba Limited to Service members performing duties within the
Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Detention Facilities
Dec 26, 2006
Djibouti Land area Jul 31, 2002
East Timor Land area Oct 31, 2001 May 31, 2014
Egypt Land area Jan 29, 1997
Eritrea Land area Jul 31, 2002
Ethiopia Land area Sep 13, 1999
Greece Land area within a 20-km radius from the center
of Athens (38° 01’ N, 23° 44’ E)
Mar 27, 2007 Dec 01, 2017
Haiti Land area Nov 23, 1994 May 31, 2014
Indonesia Land area Oct 31, 2001 May 31, 2014
- City of Jakarta Land area Jun 01, 2014
- Provinces of:
-- Central Java,
-- East Kalimantan,
-- Central Sulawesi,
-- Papua
-- Region of Aceh

Land area
Land area
Land area
Land area
Land area

Jun 01, 2014
Jun 01, 2014
Jun 01, 2014
Jun 01, 2014
Jun 01, 2014
Iran Land area Nov 04, 1979
Iraq Land area and airspace Sep 17, 1990
Israel Land area Jan 31, 2002
Jordan Land area Jan 29, 1997
Kenya Land area Jul 31, 2002
Kosovo Land area and airspace Jun 22, 1992
Kuwait Land area and airspace Aug 06, 1990 May 31, 2014
Kyrgyzstan Land area Sep 19, 2001 May 31, 2014
Lebanon Land area Oct 01, 1983
Liberia Land area Aug 06, 1990 May 31, 2014
Libya Land area and airspace Mar 19, 2011
Malaysia Land area Oct 31, 2001 May 31, 2014
- State of Sabah Land area Jun 01, 2014
Mali Land area Feb 05, 2013 Sep 30, 2013
Jun 07, 2017
Mediterranean Sea Water area of the Mediterranean Sea extending from the
North African Coast northward into Mediterranean Sea,
bounded on the east at: 26° 00’ E longitude;
extending north to: 34° 35’ N latitude;
and extending west to: the East Coast of Tunisia
Mar 19, 2011
Montenegro Land area and airspace Jun 22, 1992 May 31, 2014
Niger Land area Jun 07, 2017
Oman Land area Sep 19, 2001 May 31, 2014
Pakistan Land area Nov 29, 1996
Persian Gulf Water area and airspace Mar 01, 1998 May 31, 2014
Philippines Land area Oct 31, 2001 Dec 31, 2015
- Mindanao, Island of Land Area Oct 05, 2017
- Sulu Archipelago Island of Land Area Oct 05, 2017
Qatar Land area and airspace Aug 07, 1997 May 31, 2014
Rwanda Land area Oct 06, 1997 May 31, 2014
Saudi Arabia Land area and airspace Aug 02, 1990 May 31, 2014
Serbia Land area and airspace (includes the province of Vojvodina) Jun 22, 1992 May 31, 2014
Somalia Land area and airspace Sep 28, 1992
Somalia Basin Water area of the Somalia Basin with coordinates:
- 11° 10’N - 51° 15’E;
- 06° 00’N - 48° 30’E;
- 05° 00’N - 50° 30’E;
- 11° 30’N - 53° 34’E;
- 05° 00’N - 50° 30’E;
- 01° 00’N - 47° 00’E;
- 03° 00’S - 43° 00’E;
- 01° 00’S - 41° 00’E; and
- 06° 00’N - 48° 30’E
Dec 26, 2006
South Sudan Land area and airspace Jul 09, 2011
Sudan Land area and airspace Oct 04, 1993
Syria Land area Jul 31, 2003
Airspace Sep 21, 2014
Tajikistan Land area Mar 31, 1997 May 31, 2014
Tunisia Land area and airspace Mar 19, 2011
*Turkey Land area excluding the Turkish Straits
(i.e., the Dardanelles; the Sea of Marmara;
and the Bosporus Straits).
Jan 29, 1997
Airspace:
south of 37° 45’N; and
east of 43° 00’E
Mar 01, 1998
- Izmir Geographic area encompassing a
40 mile radius from the center of Izmir
Mar 01, 1998 Oct 24, 2014
Uganda Land area Jan 19, 2000
United Arab Emirates Land area Sep 19, 2001 May 31, 2014
Uzbekistan Land area Sep 19, 2001 May 31, 2014
Yemen Land area May 25, 1999

IDP Location Notes:

1. The designation of a land area encompasses all internal waters, unless otherwise noted. For HFP and/or IDP purposes, the term “internal waters” is defined as waters landward of the baseline, drawn in accordance with international law.

2. The designation of a water area (such as the Persian Gulf) includes the territorial seas of those waters, but not the internal waters of the coastal lands. For example, all waters of the Persian Gulf seaward of the baseline of the coastal states, drawn in accordance with international law, would be included in the Persian Gulf designation.

3. Unless otherwise specifically indicated, airspace is NOT part of the included area. When airspace is specifically included, it will normally be that space directly vertically above the approved land or sea area.

4. This figure reflects all designated areas, which were active within the last ten years.

Tax-Exempt Combat Pay

Many tax-exempt combat zones are also eligible for Imminent Danger Pay or Hostile Fire Pay, though the lists are not identical. Some areas that are listed on the IDP/HFP list are not considered tax-free combat zones.

Hostile Fire Pay / Imminent Danger Pay is Added to Your Paycheck

HFP/IDP should be added to your paycheck once your finance office processes your orders. This will often be done as a group if you deploy as a unit. However, if it is not, you will need to take a copy of your orders to your finance office to ensure they start your HFP/IDP pay.

Keep in mind this benefit is prorated over the course of the month, so you want to ensure you get the benefit started and stopped in a timely manner to ensure you are not overpaid for your time in country.

Finally, because this benefit may be processed manually, you may find that the payment is made out of your normal military paycheck schedule.

HFP / IDP is a tax-free military benefit.

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