I was talking to some other wives today at a FRG meeting about Iraq and pulling the combat troops out and someone brought up a good point. Iraq will not be classified as a combat zone, so the soldiers will not get hazardous duty pay. Is that right? I mean it wouldnt surprise me. We have some soldiers in my husband's unit right now in Haiti but do not get hazardous duty pay or combat pay. They are only getting seperation pay and are not getting the deployment pay tax exemption, because it was classified as a training mission, and was supposed to be for 5 months. Well now they have been there 8 months, and everyone seems to be under the impression tis was done on purpose for monetary reasons. What do you think? My husband will be deployed early next year and will be one of the last ones out. Just a thought. He isnt combat related he is in communications.Answer Question
Answer by UpSheRises at 4:03 PM on Sep. 7, 2010
Answer by elizabiza at 4:03 PM on Sep. 7, 2010
Honestly, I don't think that is why they did it, however I think as long as they are there they should get Combat pay. It's different than being in Haiti like he is now or anywhere else. The terriroty is still hostile
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:05 PM on Sep. 7, 2010
Answer by pinkdena at 4:06 PM on Sep. 7, 2010
Honestly, that sounds about right. When my husband was in the army, his unit would be in the field for 29 days and come home for a day or two and go right back out just so they would not have to pay separation pay. However, as elizabiza, said, I would wait until you hear it from the horse's mouth (aka the commander).
Answer by JeremysMom at 4:07 PM on Sep. 7, 2010
I think we (i don't mean citizens) treat our soldiers like shit. We don't even pay them a living wage. It's shameful.
Do women get combat pay?
Whether they are men or women if they are in a combat zone they are paid combat pay. Gender doesn't make a difference in military pay.
Answer by matthewscandi at 5:37 PM on Sep. 7, 2010