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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Fuck You Very Much, Mr, Commander-in-Chief. Sir. (18)

Obama pulls combat pay for troops "not in immediate combat." From Military.com:

Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay

The rules for Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay have changed. Service members will now receive imminent danger pay only for days they actually spend in hazardous areas. This change went in effect on February 1, 2012.

A member of a uniformed service may be entitled to Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger pay at the rate of $225 for any month in which he/she was entitled to basic pay and in which he/she was:
Subject to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines;
On duty in an area in which he was in imminent danger of being exposed to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines and in which, during the period he was on duty in that area, other members of the uniformed services were subject to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines;
Killed, injured, or wounded by hostile fire, explosion of a hostile mine, or any other hostile action; or
On duty in a foreign area in which he was subject to the threat of physical harm or imminent danger on the basis of civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism, or wartime conditions.

Note: Reserve members are also eligible for Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay.

So Sgt. Carlo Eugenio, one of the dozen Americans killed when a suicide bomber rammed the bus he was riding on October 29, 2011, in downtown Kabul... 

...not eligible.

Any of the troops killed in rear areas where their Afghan allies got a sudden rush of Koran to the head and turned on the people they were supposed to be guarding... not eligible.

How the hell, Mr. President, are you supposed to define where you are not at risk in the middle of a guerilla war?  What kind of additional hell are you thinking of putting the survivors of these dead servicemen and women through when they get told their loved ones weren't really killed "(o)n duty in an area in which he was in imminent danger of being exposed to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines."

As per usual, Mr. Obama, what the hell was going through that cesspit of a brain of yours?


Anonymous said...

This is what happens when the American establishment, media and self loathing Americans of all backgrounds vote for the candidate put forth by the Weather Underground.

The fun really starts when he is elected to a second term.

Anonymous said...

You have it exactly wrong. None of the locations for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) have changed. What has changed is that the pay is now prorated rather than an all or nothing. So if you are there half the month you only get paid for half the month versus the old system where you got the full amount even if you were only there for one day.

You are still getting paid if you are in an IDP area. You just aren't still getting paid even after you leave.


richard mcenroe said...

How do you define an IDP area in an insurgency?

Anonymous said...

Deborah Leigh said... Let's see the President and any Congress critter who signed onto this walk Kabul?

Anonymous said...

Richard: The whole country is an IDP area. IDP areas/combat zones are defined by executive order. There are currently three: Afghanistan, most of the Middle East (Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, etc), and Kosovo.


Deborah: Why? It's a perfectly reasonable change that will have little effect on most normal units that are there month after month. The only people it will affect are the people that fly in for a ceremony or inspection or visit, stay for a day, and then fly out having collected combat pay for the whole month.

richard mcenroe said...

Is that such a huge problem? If you've been in the military you know that once a rule like this in place some climber is going to try to make his bones being a hardnose with it....

Were they granting combat pay for an entire month, or could this be a backdoor way of qualifying ineligible personnel for a little pocket change?

richard mcenroe said...

What happens to the guy who flies in, gets FU'd in his first week and flown back to Germany/USA. Gets a whole 5 days CP for his leg?

This is bureaucratic bushwah of the kind MacArthur's Palace Guard would have loved.

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