Obama Cuts Hazard Pay for Soldiers Serving in Harm’s Way

They will now only get the $7.50 daily proration for the individual days they are actually serving in harm’s way instead of for the whole month. (DOD)

Barack Obama cut pay for military men and women serving in harm’s way starting this month.
The Army Times reported:

Starting this month, some troops will begin receiving less Imminent Danger Pay when a new policy takes effect that will prorate the standard $225 monthly IDP stipend.

Under the new policy, troops will be paid only for the actual days they spend in the danger pay location, defense officials said Thursday.

Under the previous policy, troops who spent any portion of the month in a danger pay location received danger pay for the entire month.

The proration amounts to $7.50 per day. So, for example, if a service member spends only 7 days of the month in Afghanistan, he or she will have only $52.50 in Imminent Danger Pay added to their paycheck.

Doug Ross reminds us:

This follows efforts by the president to make veterans pay for their own health insurance — even those injured in combat — and his calls last month for raises for millions of federal paper-pushers.

In other words, the president continues to siphon off more and more money from our defense infrastructure — hitting our warriors first, last and hardest in the process — to fund his green energy scams and public sector union cronies (which, coincidentally, also contribute heavily to his campaign).

And yet Obama will be more than happy to use these same soldiers for a photo op.
Hat Tip Joey

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  • Finncrisp

    What a truly sick man. Just shows you that raising taxes on the rich will not make the poor richer, only poorer in the process. Just a ploy to impoverish everyone and make state control absolute. The evil personified in thise policies is the work of you know who. Hint: he has horns!

  • oldguy

    The US government is picking nickels out of crap!

  • Calamity Jane

    Paper-pushers in D.C. get a raise, but our military serving in harm’s way gets a pay cut. America’s finest risk life and limb in combat zones and the paper-pushers risk a possible paper cut in some useless office.

    I cannot wait until Barry, the tenent at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, is served his eviction notice.

  • Indy

    Obama is no friend to our military, he uses them as props

    Is anyone aware of what Congress is up to? They want to allow drones in US air space, what are they preparing for?

    What is Congress thinking and why did we work so hard in 2010 to see them give more power to the military and take away our rights? Please call your members of Congress, we must speak out.

  • bigL

    the elites of both parties have decided thatObama should win. We are getting in the GOP a
    Wall St punchingbag which fits in perfectly with the Wall St turmoil.
    Let the good times roll.
    But I do think we should get off the ground and stop ‘crawling thru broken glass’: or crawling anywhere. We are Amerians and we walk with our head held High.
    We should get some great conservative speakers and rent an arena and fill it up.
    Like Scott Walker and Rick Scott. And if we can’t aford an arena, we wil get a permit for a park.
    Screw the elites, lets bring out our people and stir things up.

  • http://www.spunkyhomeschool.blogspot.com Spunky

    I have two sons in the Marines and the hazards don’t stop just because you leave the zone. My older Marine just arrived home from Afghan this weekend. They ought to be making double what they make for the work they do. And we can pay for it by passing a law that Congress members become hourly employees and paid the minimum wage. That’ll give us ample money to pay our brave military personnel and retain real servants in Congress.

  • ROger.45

    The President doesn’t care about cutting the hazard pay for the military. The military absentee votes will not be counted like last election.

    What does he have to lose?

  • Multitude

    Strange how government union wage INCREASES and BONUSES are off limits to Obama, but we can actually slash and burn the military.

    Good thing he silenced the military this last week with threats made to the Catholic chaplains.

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  • Long Live the King

    I’m sure our President has much respect for our military forces. He is doing everything he can to bring them home, out of harms way and into the welfare line.

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  • In Illinois

    I also read earlier this morning that Obama is planning a “state dinner” – like dinner for those who’ve served. Two hundred or so soldiers will be invited — so the WH will get to look really, really good for having a parade in New York followed by this fancy dinner, while at the same time he’s gutting the military. My brother is in the Navy reserves — he’s 58, and was let go last week. TOld his services were no longer needed. I’m sure it’s money-related. He’s devastated. He’s been in the Navy (active duty, followed by reserves) his whole adult life.

  • http://theamericansurvivalguide.com/forum.php Kenny Solomon

    There are only two words…… Tool up.

    But wait, there’s more.

    This trigger point (pin intended) is coming from the boss and by ‘the boss’, I don’t mean El Guapo.

    It’s Sunstein.


    Think ‘big picture…… No…… Bigger…… NO…… BIGGER.

    ICR2P, ICLEI, GG2025

  • Redlite

    The greatest president evuh.

    What a week Barry has had. He has pissed of the the Catholic vote and many other Evangelicalas as well. And now this!

    I read the part in Hastings ” Operators” about how he was pissed of at the Troops about getting their pic with him. He is THE Commander in Chief and foremost should be concerned about their safety and welfare.

    This cut is a miniscule amount of money, but it sends a powerful message to the Armed Forces. Troops in combat work 24/7 and the amount of pay that many of the young Soldiers make is less than the greeter at your local Wal Mart.

    What an example he is to our Military. He has spent more time golfing and on vacation than he has spent time with them in the combat zone or on post.

    I served in the military when Carter was Pres. he was a disaster and disliked by the troops. Why is it that the Demos always try to gut the military?

  • A Gryphon

    hey at least the military personnel that got laid off will be home to vote, and not absentee!!

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  • Walt

    The point of this policy change is that the IDP will now terminate on the day that the ID terminates. This is not something that I would have criticized Bush or Reagan for doing. I have to say that as an active duty Marine I have seen IDP rules abused routinely in the past. It was very common for people with the seniority to do so to arrange for a deployment to commence on the last couple of days of one month and to depart the hostile fire area on the first couple of days of another month. I have no heartburn with pro-rating hostile fire pay to those days when a Soldier or Marine is actually at risk of being subject to hostile fire. Of all the (millions of) valid reasons to criticize the Obama administration’s dereliction in maintaining the military this is not one of them. We should have stopped this years ago.

  • http://bubbleheads.blogspot.com/ Bubblehead

    I notice you included the entire linked Army Times article except for one paragraph: “The change was mandated by Congress as a part of the 2012 budget, and the Pentagon announced the implementation of the new rules on Thursday.” So should the President have refused to carry out the direction of Congress? Or shouldn’t you be mad at the Republican leadership of the House as well?

  • Granny

    #18 February 6, 2012 at 8:28 am
    Walt commented:

    The point of this policy change is that the IDP will now terminate on the day that the ID terminates. This is not something that I would have criticized Bush or Reagan for doing.

    And this is exactly the way it was when I was an Army wife back before either of them. As a matter of fact, ALL military pay was calculated on a per-day basis. Thus, virtually everyone was broke the last week of March because you got only 28 days pay for February and had to make it stretch to cover 31.