Defense Department introduces new hardship duty pay

Military personnel assigned to areas where the living conditions are arduous may now be eligible for new hardship duty pay allowance. The new Hardship Duty Pay for designated locations took effect on Jan. 1, and replaces the Certain Places Pay (CPP) that was implemented in 1949. Both reserve and active military workers working in 110 designated countries are eligible to receive the new pay supplement if they are permanently assigned to the areas or temporarily assigned for more than 30 days. CPP paid $8 to $22.50 a month, whereas the new hardship duty pay will be $50, $100 or $150 a month, depending on the location. The largest amount will be paid to people living in South Korea's demilitarized zone, Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, Johnston Island, in the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica. Not all the CPP-designated areas will qualify for the new hardship duty pay, but military personnel based in those areas are eligible for the pay until Dec. 31. During that time, unit commanders will have an opportunity to apply for permanent hardship duty pay status. The criteria used to determine designation as a hardship duty area include the physical environment, such as isolation or climate; living conditions, such as sanitation, housing, food and disease; and personal security, such as political violence, harassment and crime.
Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.