Army officials have settled on a compensation plan that would give soldiers whose tours in Iraq have been involuntarily extended a tax-free bonus of up to $1,000 each month...
The first part is an additional $200 each month in hardship duty pay, which every soldier will receive on top of the $100 in hardship pay he or she has already been earning while in Iraq. There is a $300 ceiling, by law.
The second part involves a choice: Take another $800 in Assignment Incentive Pay each month, or take a “stabilized tour” when they return home, “the length of which will be [equal to] the total amount [a soldier] was deployed,” Barrett said during a Wednesday telephone interview.
The guarantee is the Army’s promise that the soldier will not be deployed for the time he or she is stabilized, Barrett said.
Saturday, February 21, 2004
ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION FOR SOME