Today, the Defense Department announced the recertification of some
locations as imminent danger pay areas while discontinuing that designation for
A periodic review and recertification was conducted for Imminent Danger Pay
(IDP) purposes and was made in coordination with the joint staff, combatant
commands and military services. The combatant commands conducted in-depth threat
assessments for countries within their areas of responsibility.
Following the Defense Department's review, it was determined that the
imminent threat of physical harm to U.S. military personnel due to civil
insurrection, civil war, terrorism, or wartime conditions has been
significantly reduced in many countries. As a result, IDP will be discontinued
in those areas.
IDP is authorized in areas designated by the Defense Department. Periodic
recertification of IDP ensures that imminent danger designations match the
actual conditions of designated countries so that the department can provide
fair entitlements and benefits. The last recertification was completed in
The following locations will no longer be designated as imminent danger
areas for IDP purposes, effective June 1, 2014:
- The nine land areas of East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda,
Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
- The six land areas and airspace above Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi
Arabia, Serbia, and Montenegro.
- The four water areas of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, and
the Red Sea.
- The water area and air space above the Persian Gulf.
IDP will remain in effect for Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan,
Syria, Yemen, and Egypt within the U.S. Central Command area of
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