DOD reconsidering ending 'danger pay' for U.S. soldiers

CNN
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 8:14am

The Pentagon is reconsidering ending so-called "danger pay" for U.S. troops serving in the Middle East.

Defense department officials say they are re-examining the move because of the recent increase in violence in the region including Egypt and the Persian Gulf.

The cuts were projected to trim the pentagon's budget by $120 million a year.

"Imminent danger pay" earns troops an extra $225 a month.

There's been no definitive decision made yet on the matter.

Pay for troops serving in Afghanistan would not be affected.

U.S. military officials are also deciding whether to proceed with a scheduled joint military exercise with Egypt in September in light of recent violence there.

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