Is that true?
Combat pay requirements were revised a while back. Of course it was revised to give the troops less pay and “save” money.
It used to be if you got in country on the 30th of the month you were paid for the whole month - same if you departed on the 1st or 2nd - you’d get Combat pay for the whole month.
Under the revised program Combat pay is pro rated as per day.
The old way was a nice bone to throw to the troops doing the heavy lifting but was abused by a good number of leadership type folks. They loved to come visit and “be with the troops” and their week long visits just “happened” to span two months pay.
Also the Air Force loved to drop you off the last day of the month and after crew rest fly out on the first. Two months combat pay for 24 hours work.
For what it saved it hurt in morale.
In addition to my above post - I’ll admit I abused the system as much as I could to get the troops more money in their pocket.
We were once flying from the states, landing in an area authorized combat pay to refuel and then continuing on to where we had some work to do.
One of our guys was due to reenlist with a sizable bonus. We did his reenlistment on the runway while the Aircraft was refueling. His bonus was then tax free - plus we, and the air crew all got combat pay for the month.
We felt it was a perk since the next 60 days really, really was the pits.
not if you’re in the rear with the gear...Obama changed combat pay reqs a couple of months ago. So i’m guessing, since this happened on base, no combat pay.
Repubs\Romney can make hay with this, but they\he wont.
According to Michael Yon (free lance reporter) we’ve lost a lot of our military from afphgans (friendly forces) shooting them.