Hardship duty pay is additional compensation paid to service members
assigned to locations where living conditions are substantially below
those conditions in the continental U.S. (CONUS).
HDP-L is compensation paid to members assigned outside the
continental United States in Quality of Life (QoL) Hardship locations --
Locations where QoL living conditions are substantially below the
standard most members in the continental United States would generally
experience. HDP-L is intended to recognize the extraordinary arduous
living conditions, excessive physical hardship, and/or unhealthful
conditions that exist in a location or assignment. Rates are payable in
increments of $50, $100, or $150 a month based on the level of QoL
hardship in a given area.
For specific conditions of this entitlement, including a list of current and past locations, view the DOD Financial Management Regulation.
HDP-M is payable to members both officer and enlisted, for performing
designated hardship missions. HDP-M is payable at the full monthly rate
during any part of which, the member performs a specified mission. A
member assigned to, on temporary duty with or otherwise under the
operational control of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel
Office (DPMO), the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA), or the
Central Identification Lab-Hawaii (CIL-HI) may qualify for HDP-M based
on performance of a hardship mission members so assigned are entitled
for each month in which they perform investigative or remains recovery
in a remote, isolated area (including, but not limited to, areas in
Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and North Korea) for recovery of U.S. service
The Secretaries of the Military Departments may establish HDP-T
programs under the authority of 37 USC 305. A mobilization or
deployment tempo that requires the member to perform duties in an
operational environment for periods that exceed rotation norms may be
designated as hardship duty for the purposes of paying HDP-T. The
Military Departments have not yet implemented HDP-T programs.