By Michael Dorstewitz
About 44,000 military personnel stationed at 22 locations around the world will lose their imminent danger pay starting Monday. This is the result of those locations having been decertified as militarily hazardous.
The change is expected to save the Obama administration $108 million per month — an insignificant sum when comped to the total defense budget. But it will mean up to $225 less in the pockets of service men and women, which could represent “a car payment. A couple weeks of groceries. A month of utilities,” noted Stars and Stripes, which reported:
The following land areas and the airspace above them were decertified: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia and Serbia.
The following land areas were decertified: East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
The following sea areas were decertified: Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf (including the airspace above the Persian Gulf).
Although the change was announced in January, its actual implementation comes at a bad time for the Obama administration with respect to its relationship with the military. Here are a few examples.
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