The Pentagon has announced that American troops serving in Ukraine will now be eligible for additional hazard pay, also known as imminent danger pay (IDP), according to a report from the Military Times. The bonus will be offered to service members operating in areas where they could be exposed to hostile fire or other threats such as mines, insurrection, civil war, or terrorism.
This information was revealed in a memo written by the Pentagon’s top personnel official, Grier Martin, and was posted on an unofficial US Air Force account on Facebook. The memo states that the entire land area and airspace above Ukraine will be retroactively designated as an IDP area, effective from April 24, 2022. As a result, all US military personnel currently serving in Ukraine or who have served there since that date will be eligible for an extra $7.50 per day, with a maximum monthly cap of $225.
The additional IDP payments will be in addition to a service member’s base salary and other bonuses, and some troops may even be eligible to receive the bonus as back pay. This move aims to provide additional financial support to servicemen who face increased risk while serving in Ukraine.
However, it is important to note that the memo also mentioned a reduction in the monthly rate of Hardship Duty payments for American service members in Ukraine. Previously, they received an additional $150 per month as part of this payment. However, with the introduction of IDP, the bonus will be reduced to $100 per month. This means that troops can now earn a maximum of $325 in monthly hazard pay.
Officially, the US only has a small number of troops stationed in Ukraine. Some of them work at the American Embassy in Kiev, providing security and accounting for the military equipment sent by the US to support Ukraine. In addition, ABC News reported that a special operations team operating out of the US Embassy has been assisting Ukrainian troops with intelligence operations and providing security for high-level visitors.
It should be emphasized that this team does not participate in military operations or visit the front lines. These efforts are part of the ongoing support provided by the US to Ukraine in the face of the Russian military campaign.
Overall, the introduction of IDP for American troops serving in Ukraine demonstrates the US government’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of its military personnel in high-risk areas. By providing additional hazard pay, servicemen will receive the financial support they deserve for their dedication and service in Ukraine.