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Special Pay Defined for Haiti Operations

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Story Number: NNS100128-07
Release Date: 1/28/2010 1:43:00 PM

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy has clarified eligibility for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) and Hardship Duty Pay-Location (HDP-L) for Sailors serving in support of Operation Unified Response providing humanitarian operations for Haitians following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Port au Prince on Jan. 12.

"Navy staffs have been collaborating on providing this guidance to ensure we are getting it right for our Sailors who are performing this vital lifesaving mission," said Jeri Busch, head of the military pay and compensation policy branch for the Chief of Naval Personnel. "The goal is to ensure that all commanding officers are using the same legal interpretation to determine the eligibility of their crews."

The land area of Haiti has been designated for payment of IDP at $225 per month, and will not be prorated for a partial month. The land area includes internal waters and waters landward of the baseline, in accordance with international law. The guidance memorandum provided by Busch's office further clarifies that for purposes of IDP entitlements involving operations in Haiti, the term 'internal waters' is defined as any waters landward of the low-water line. Waters landward of the outermost harbor works are also considered internal waters.

Only those Sailors on temporary duty to the land area of Haiti for 30 or more consecutive days will be eligible for HDP-L. Those who work intermittently on land would not be eligible. For example, flight crews or corpsmen who are frequently on land, but routinely return to the ship are not eligible. Those who are eligible will receive $100 per month.

For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp/.



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