Pentagon eyes cuts in danger pay
WASHINGTON- The Pentagon is looking at plans to eliminate danger pay for service members in up to 18 countries and five bodies of water but not where active U.S. combat is going on. It would save about $120 million a year but take a bite out of troops' salaries. The idea of eliminating the danger pay comes after a review by senior military leaders who determined the locations no longer require a designation of being hazardous duty areas. It would affect thousands of service members in the Middle East and Persian Gulf States. The extra pay can be as much as $225 a month and could be stripped from as many as 56,000 service members.