Hardship Duty Pay Locations

Updated: December 23, 2022
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    Hardship Duty Pay–Location (HDP-L) is special pay the U.S. Department of Defense authorizes for service members permanently stationed or serving temporarily in locations with a significantly lower quality of living than is normally experienced in the continental United States.

    HDP-L is authorized to compensate service members for work in locations where they may experience significant physical hardships, difficult and extraordinary living conditions or unhealthy conditions and environments. HDP-L is paid in increments of $50, $100 and $150 and is not to exceed $300 per month.

    Designated LocationsMonthly RatesEffective Date
    CountryProvince (State), City or RegionFromThrough
    Afghanistan (Note 3)$100Nov. 1, 2001
    Albania$150Apr. 1, 2002
    Algeria (Note 3)$100Sept. 1, 2007
    American Samoa$50June 15, 2005
    Angola$150Sept. 1, 2007
    Antarctic RegionBelow 60° South Latitude$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Antigua Air Station$50April 18, 2002
    Arctic Circle RegionAbove 66°33’ North Latitude$150Jan. 1, 2001
    ArgentinaBuenos Aires$50Oct. 1, 2017
    Other$0Oct. 1, 2017
    Armenia$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Ascension Auxiliary Airfield$150April 18, 2002
    AustraliaAlice Springs$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Other$0Jan. 1, 2001
    Azerbaijan (Note 3)$100Oct. 31, 2007
    Azores, Portugal (Includes Lajes Field)$0Jan. 1, 2018
    $50Feb. 1, 2004Dec. 31, 2017
    Bahamas$50Oct. 1, 2017
    Andros Island$50Jan. 1, 2001Sept. 30, 2017
    Other$0Jan. 1, 2001Sept. 30, 2017
    Bahrain$100Oct. 1, 2017
    $50June 1, 2014Sept. 30, 2017
    Bangladesh$150Jsn. 1, 2001
    Barbados$50Oct. 1, 2017
    Belarus$100Jan. 1, 2018
    $150Jan. 1, 2001Dec. 31, 2017
    Belize$150Oct. 1, 2017
    Belize City$100Feb. 1, 2004Sept. 30, 2017
    Other$150Feb. 1, 2004Sept. 30, 2017
    Benin$150Jan. 1, 2001
    BoliviaCochabamba$50Jan. 1, 2001
    La Paz$150Sept. 1, 2007Dec. 31, 2017
    Santa Cruz$50June 1, 2012
    Other$150Sept. 1, 2007
    Bosnia-Herzegovina$100Jan. 1, 2018
    $150April 1, 2012Dec. 31, 2017
    BotswanaSelebi-Phikwe$150April 1, 2012
    Other$50April 1, 2012
    Brazil (States)Amazonas$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Goias$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Maranhao$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Mato Grosso$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Mato Grosso Do Sul$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Para$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Pernambuco$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Piaui$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Rondonia$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Roraima$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Brazil (Cities)Belo Horizonte$50Oct. 1, 2017
    Brasilia$50Feb. 1, 2004
    Fortaleza$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Porto Alegre$50Oct. 1, 2017
    Recife$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Rio de Janeiro$50Feb. 1, 2004
    São Paulo$50Oct. 14, 2001
    Other$0Jan. 1, 2001
    Brunei$50Jan. 1, 2018
    $100Jan. 1, 2001Dec. 31, 2017
    Bulgaria$50June 1, 2012
    Burkina Faso$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Burma (Myanmar)$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Burundi$100May 10, 2005
    Cambodia$150Oct. 11, 2001
    Cameroon (Note 3)Far North Regions$100June 7, 2017
    North Region$100June 7, 2017
    Other$150Sept. 1, 2007
    CanadaNorthwest Territories$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Other$0Jan. 1, 2001
    Cape (Cabo) Verde$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Central African Republic$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Chad (Note 3)$100Aug. 11, 2008
    Chagos ArchipelagoDiego Garcia$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Other$50Jan. 1, 2001
    ChinaBeijing$100Dec. 1, 2007
    Chengdu$150Jan. 1, 2007Dec. 31, 2017
    Guangzhou$100Jan. 1, 2018
    $150Jan. 1, 2001Dec. 31, 2017
    Hong Kong$0Jan. 1, 2018
    $50Feb. 1, 2004Dec. 31, 2017
    Kunming$0Jan. 1, 2018
    Shanghai$50Jan. 1, 2018
    $100Apr. 12, 2012Dec. 31, 2017
    Shenyang$150Jan. 1, 2001Dec. 31, 2017
    Other$150Feb. 1, 2004
    Colombia$50Dec. 1, 2001Sept. 30, 2017
    Barranquilla$50Oct. 1, 2017
    Other$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Congo, Republic of$150April 1, 2012
    Congo, Democratic Republic of (formerly Zaire)$100June 7, 2005
    Cook IslandsRarotonga$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Other$100Jan. 1, 2001
    Costa RicaSan José$0Dec. 1, 2007
    Other$50Jan. 1, 2001
    *Côte D’Ivoire$150June 1, 2020
    Note 3$100June 1, 2003May 31, 2020
    CubaGuantanamo Bay (Other)$100Oct. 4, 2006
    Guantanamo Bay, Joint Task Force$150Oct. 4, 2006
    *Guantanamo Bay, Joint Task Force (Note 3 and 4)$100Dec. 26, 2006
    Havana$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Other$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Djibouti (Note 3)$100Aug. 1, 2002
    Dominican Republic$100June 1, 2012
    East Timor (Timor-Leste)$150June 1, 2014
    Ecuador$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Guayaquil$100Jan. 1, 2001Sept. 30, 2017
    Quito$50June 1, 2012Sept. 30, 2017
    Other$50June 1, 2012Sept. 30, 2017
    Egypt (Note 3)$100Apr. 1, 2012
    El Salvador$100June 1, 2012
    Equatorial Guinea$150Sept. 1, 2007
    *Eritrea$150June 1, 2020
    Note 3$100Aug. 1, 2002May 31, 2020
    Estonia$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Ethiopia (Note 3)$100Jan. 18, 2002
    Fiji$100Jan. 1, 2018
    $150April 1, 2012Dec. 31, 2017
    Gabon$150Oct. 1, 2017
    Libreville$100June 1, 2012Sept. 30, 2017
    Other$150Jan. 1, 2001Sept. 30, 2017
    Gambia$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Georgia$100Jan. 1, 2018
    $150Nov. 1, 2007Dec. 31, 2017
    Ghana$150Jan. 1, 2001
    GreeceAthens$50April 1, 2012
    Elefsis$50April 1, 2012
    Ellinikon$50April 1, 2012
    Kavala Relay Station$100Dec. 1, 2004Dec. 31, 2007
    Mt. Parnis$50April 1, 2012
    Mt. Pateras$50April 1, 2012
    Nea Makri$50April 1, 2012
    Piraeus$50April 1, 2012
    Tanagra$50April 1, 2012
    Other (Note 5)$0Jan. 1, 2001
    Greenland$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Grenada$50Jan. 1, 2001
    GuatemalaGuatemala City$100April 1, 2012
    Other$150April 1, 2012
    Guinea$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Guinea-Bissau$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Guyana$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Haiti (Note 3)$150June 1, 2014Jan. 7, 2020
    $100Jan. 8, 2020
    Honduras$150Oct. 1, 2017
    $100June 1, 2012Sept. 30, 2017
    HungaryBudapest$0Jan. 1, 2001
    Other$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Iceland$50Oct. 1, 2017
    Keflavik-Grindavik$0Dec. 1, 2001Sept. 30, 2017
    Reykjavik$50Sept. 1, 2007Sept. 30, 2017
    Other$50April 1, 2012Sept. 30, 2017
    India$150Feb. 1, 2004
    *Indonesia (Note 3) (Provinces):$100Nov. 1, 2001Sept. 30, 2017
    Central Java$150June 1, 2020
    $100Oct. 1, 2017May 31, 2020
    East Kalimantan$150June 1, 2020
    $100Oct. 1, 2017May 31, 2020
    Central Sulawesi$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Papua$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Region of Aceh$150June 1, 2020
    $100Oct. 1, 2017May 31, 2020
    *Indonesia (City)Jakarta$150June 1, 2020
    $100Oct. 1, 2017May 31, 2020
    IndonesiaOther$150Oct. 1, 2017
    Iraq (includes Al Basrah Oil Terminal) (Note 3)$100March 23, 2010
    Israel$50Oct. 1, 2017
    JamaicaKingston$150Oct. 1, 2017
    $100Sept. 1, 2007Sept. 30, 2017
    Other$0Jan. 1, 2001
    Jordan (Note 3)$100May 28, 2016
    $50Jan. 18, 2002June 27, 2016
    Kazakhstan$150Jan. 1, 2001Dec. 31, 2017
    Almaty$100Jan. 1, 2018
    Other$150Jan. 1, 2018
    Kenya (Note 3)$100May 23, 2002
    Kiribati, Republic ofKiritimati (Christmas Island)$50Feb. 8, 2011
    Other$0Feb. 8, 2011
    Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of (North Korea)$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Korea, Republic of (South Korea)Area 1 (Note 6)$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Camp Yongin$100Feb. 1, 2003
    Gwangju Air Base$100Oct. 1, 2004
    Pohang$100Nov. 1, 2003
    Other$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Kosovo (Note 3)$100Sept. 1, 2007
    Kuwait$50June 1, 2012
    Kyrgyzstan$150June 1, 2014
    Laos$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Latvia$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Lebanon (Note 3)$100Dec. 1, 2004
    Lesotho$100Jan. 1, 2018
    $150Dec. 1, 2004Dec. 31, 2017
    Liberia$100June 1, 2014
    Libya (Note 3)$100April 26, 2011
    Lithuania$50April 1, 2012
    Macedonia$50June 1, 2012
    Madagascar$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Malawi$150Dec. 1, 2004
    Malaysia$50Oct. 14, 2001
    Mali (Note 3)$100June 7, 2017
    $150Oct. 1, 2013June 6, 2017
    Malta$50Sept. 1, 2007
    Marshall IslandsMajuro$150April 1, 2012
    Other$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Mauritania$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Mauritius$50Jan. 1, 2001
    MexicoCiudad Juárez$150Oct. 1, 2017
    $50April 1, 2012Sept. 30, 2017
    Guadalajara$100Oct. 1, 2017
    $50April 1, 2012Sept. 30, 2017
    Hermosillo$100April 1, 2012
    Matamoros$150Oct. 1, 2017
    $50April 1, 2012Sept. 30, 2017
    Mazatlan$50April 1, 2012
    Merida$100April 1, 2012
    Metapa$100Sept. 1, 2007
    Mexico City Distrito Federal./Ciudad de México$100Feb. 1, 2004
    Monterrey$100Oct. 1, 2017
    $50Sept. 1, 2007Sept. 30, 2017
    Nogales$100Oct. 1, 2017
    $50Sept. 1, 2007Sept. 30, 2017
    Nuevo Laredo$150Oct. 1, 2017
    $50Feb. 1, 2004Sept. 30, 2017
    Reynosa$100Oct. 1, 2017
    $50April 1, 2012Sept. 30, 2017
    Tapachula$100Jan. 1, 2001
    Tijuana$100Oct. 1, 2017
    $50Sept. 1, 2007Sept. 30, 2017
    Tuxtla Gutiérrez$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Other$0Jan. 1, 2001
    Micronesia, Federated States of$150Dec. 1, 2004
    Moldova$100Jan. 1, 2018
    $150Jan. 1, 2001Dec. 31, 2017
    Mongolia$150Jan. 1, 2001
    MontenegroPodgorica$100Jan. 1, 2018
    $150June 1, 2014Dec. 31, 2017
    Other$50June 1, 2012
    MoroccoCasablanca$50April 1, 2012
    Rabat$50Oct. 1, 2017
    Salé$50Oct. 1, 2017
    Other$0Apr. 1, 2012
    Mozambique$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Namibia$50Sept. 1, 2007
    Nicaragua$150Oct. 1, 2017
    Managua$100Dec. 1, 2007Sept. 30, 2017
    Other$150Feb. 1, 2004Sept. 30, 2017
    Niger (Note 3)$100June 7, 2017
    $150Jan. 1, 2001June 6, 2017
    Nigeria$150Jan. 1, 2001
    OmanMuscat$50Oct. 1, 2017
    $0June 1, 2012Sept. 30, 2017
    Salalah$100April 1, 2012Dec. 31, 2017
    Other$100Jan. 1, 2018
    $150April 1 2012Dec. 31, 2017
    Pakistan (Note 3)$100Nov. 1, 2001
    Palau$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Panama$50Oct. 1, 2017
    Panama City$0Jan. 1, 2001Sept. 30, 2017
    Other$50Jan. 1, 2001Sept. 30, 2017
    Papua New Guinea$150Jan.1, 2001
    Paraguay$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Peru$100June 1, 2012
    Philippines$100Jan. 1, 2001Dec. 31, 2017
    Davao City$0Jan. 1, 2018
    Other$100Jan. 1, 2018
    QatarAl Udeid Air Base$50April 1, 2002
    Camp Snoopy (Doha International Air Base)$50April 1, 2002Sept. 30, 2017
    Camp As Sayliyah$50April 1, 2002
    Doha$50Oct. 1, 2017
    Other$100Oct. 1, 2017
    $50April 1, 2002Sept. 30, 2017
    Romania$50June 1, 2012
    Russia$150Oct. 1, 2017
    Moscow$100June 1, 2012Sept. 30, 2017
    St. Petersburg$100June 1, 2012Sept. 30, 2017
    Other$150Oct. 14, 2001Sept. 30, 2017
    Rwanda$100Jan. 1, 2018
    $150June 1, 2014Dec. 31, 2017
    Samoa$150April 1, 2012
    São Tomé and Principe$150Jan. 1, 2001
    *Saudi Arabia (Note 3)$100Sept. 14, 2019
    $150June 1, 2014Sept. 13, 2019
    Senegal$150April 1, 2012
    SerbiaBelgrade$50Jan. 1, 2018
    Other$100Jan. 1, 2018
    $150June 1, 2014Dec. 31, 2017
    Sierra Leone$150Nov. 1, 2007
    Slovakia$50Dec. 1, 2004Dec. 31, 2017
    Solomon Islands$100Jan. 1, 2001
    Somalia (Note 3)$100April 1, 2012
    South Africa$50Sept. 1, 2007
    South Sudan (Note 3)$100April 1, 2012
    Sri Lanka$100April 1, 2018
    $150Oct. 14, 2001Dec. 31, 2017
    Sudan (Note 3)$100April 1, 2012
    Suriname$100Jan. 1, 2018
    $150Feb. 1, 2004Dec. 31, 2017
    Swaziland (Eswatini)$100April 1, 2012
    Syria (Note 3)$100July 31, 2003
    TaiwanKaohsiung$50June 1, 2012Dec. 31, 2017
    Taipei$0Jan. 1, 2018
    $50Dec. 1, 2007Dec. 31, 2017
    Other$50Jan. 1, 2018
    $100June 1, 2012Dec. 31, 2017
    Tajikistan$150June 1, 2014
    Tanzania$150Feb. 1, 2004
    ThailandBangkok$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Chiang Mai$50Jan. 1, 2001
    Songkhla$150Sept. 1, 2007Dec. 31, 2017
    Other$100Jan. 1, 2018
    $150Dec. 1, 2014Dec. 31, 2017
    Togo$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Trinidad and Tobago$50June 1, 2012
    Tunisia$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Turkey (Note 3)Afyon$100Aug. 5, 2003
    Batman$100Aug. 5, 2003
    Corlu$100Aug. 5, 2003
    Diyarbakir$100Aug. 5, 2003
    Eskisehir$50Aug. 23, 2002
    Gaziantep$100Aug. 5, 2003
    Iskendrun$100Aug. 5, 2003
    Konya$100Aug. 5, 2003
    Kürecik (Kepez)$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Mardin$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Mersin$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Nusaybin$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Oguzeli$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Pirinclik$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Sabiha Gokcen$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Sanliurfa$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Tasucu$100Oct. 1, 2017
    Other$0May 23, 2002
    Turkmenistan$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Uganda (Note 3)$100June 23, 2004
    Ukraine$150Jan. 1, 2001
    United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi$50Oct. 1, 2017
    $0Dec. 1, 2007Sept. 30, 2017
    Dubai$50Oct. 1, 2017
    $0Jan. 1, 2001Sept. 30, 2017
    Other$150Oct. 1, 2017
    $100Jan. 1, 2001Sept. 30, 2017
    United StatesAlaska
    Annette Island (Alaska)$150July 11, 2002
    Areas Above 66°33’ NorthLatitude$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Clear, Alaska$150July 28, 2008
    Cordova, Alaska$150Feb. 23, 2006
    Eareckson Air Station (Alaska)$150July 1, 2002
    Fort Greely (Alaska)$150Oct. 1, 2002
    Unalaska, Alaska$150Nov. 1, 2001
    Other$0Nov. 1, 2001
    Uzbekistan$150June 1, 2004
    Vanuatu$100Sept. 1, 2007
    Venezuela$150Nov. 28, 2008
    Vietnam$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Western Sahara (Disputed Territory)Laayoune$150Dec. 1, 2001
    MINURSO UN Team Site Locations$150Dec. 1, 2001
    Other$0Dec. 1, 2001
    Yemen (Note 3)$100Feb. 1, 2004
    ZambiaLusaka$100June 1, 2012
    Other$150Jan. 1, 2001
    Zimbabwe$150Sept. 1, 2017
    Harare$150Aug. 1, 2003Aug. 31, 2017

    Notes

    1. All service members on qualifying duty at places within the listed country, state or region are entitled to HDP-L. Only land areas are designated for hardship duty, except any installations located on an ice shelf inside the Antarctic or Arctic Circle regions are also included in the designation for the area.
    2. When the ending date is not shown in the Through column, the special pay is currently payable.
    3. The HDP-L monthly entitlement decreases to a maximum payment of $100 when service members are authorized a concurrent payment of $225 for HFP or IDP.  See paragraph 170301.
    4. When required to perform duties within the detention facility.
    5. Includes Crete, Iraklion and Souda Bay.
    6. Includes:
      1. Alamo Army Security Agency (Detachment L)
      2. Bayonet Training Area
      3. Bull’s Eye No. 1 and No. 2
      4. Camp Bonifas
      5. Camp Casey
      6. Camp Castle
      7. Camp Edwards
      8. Camp Essayons
      9. Camp Falling Water
      10. Camp Garry Owen North
      11. Camp Giant
      12. Camp Greaves
      13. Camp Hovey
      14. Camp Howze
      15. Camp Jackson
      16. Camp Kwang Sa-Ri
      17. Camp Kyle
      18. Camp Mobile
      19. Camp Nimble
      20. Camp Page
      21. Camp Red Cloud
      22. Camp Sears
      23. Camp Stanley
      24. Camp Stanton (H-112)
      25. Charlie Block
      26. Concord
      27. Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) South Half
      28. Freedom Bridge
      29. Gimbols Gun Training Area
      30. Hwaakson Evenreach Army Training Center (ATC)
      31. Joint Security Area Swiss-Swede Camp
      32. Kamaksan Army Security Agency (Detachment M), H220 Heliport, La Guardia
      33. Liberty Bell
      34. Papyonsan Army Training Center
      35. Shinbuk Relay (Hill 754)
      36. Warrior Base
      37. Watkins Range
      38. Yongpyong (Indian Head Training Center)

    Find the current 2023 military pay rates here.

    Hardship Duty Pay – Location (HDP-L)

    All service members permanently assigned to or serving temporarily as additional duty/temporary duty (TAD/TDY), deployed or attached status for more than 30 consecutive days in a designated area are eligible for HDP-L.

    Eligibility for HDP-L begins the day of arrival at the new station for service members on permanent reassignment.

    Service members serving TDY in a designated area are ineligible for HDP-L during the first 30 days of consecutive duty. HDP-L for temporary assignment begins on the 31st day and is payable retroactive to the date the service member reported for duty at the designated location.

    HDP-L entitlements will be terminated on the day the service member departs the station as a result of permanent change of station (PCS) reassignment or on the last day of the effective period. Termination dates may vary based on specific situations as defined by the DoD.

    Hardship Duty Pay – Mission (HDP-M)

    Hardship duty pay – mission (HDP-M) is payable to service 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.

    Hardship Duty Pay – Tempo (HDP-T)

    Hardship duty pay – tempo (HDP-T) programs are for the mobilization or deployment tempo requiring the service member to perform duties in an operational environment for periods that exceed rotation norms. Military departments determine whether or not to implement HDP-T programs.

    Hardship Duty Pay – Restriction of Movement (HDP-ROM)

    Hardship duty pay – restriction of movement (HDP-ROM) is pay compensating service members who are not currently in a travel status and are ordered to self-isolate. The pay is set at $100 per day and is not to exceed $1,500 per month.


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