Bonus pay for sailors deployed more than 220 days is extended for another year

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Sailors wave goodbye while manning the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis on Jan. 20, 2016. The ship is leaving for a regularly scheduled deployment in the western Pacific Ocean.  Jonathan Jiang/U.S. Navy
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Sailors wave goodbye while manning the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis on Jan. 20, 2016. The ship is leaving for a regularly scheduled deployment in the western Pacific Ocean. Jonathan Jiang/U.S. Navy

Bonus pay for sailors deployed more than 220 days is extended for another year

by: Wyatt Olson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 14, 2016

Sailors have been given a one-year extension for receiving extra pay for deployments away from homeport of more than 220 consecutive days.

The Department of Defense on Tuesday approved the Navy’s request to reauthorize the compensation, called Hardship Duty Pay – Tempo, which began in September 2014, the Navy said in a statement.

Marines were eligible for the bonuses during the initial two-year period, but the Navy did not specify in the statement whether Marines were included in this 12-month reauthorization.

“The Navy is in high demand and is present where and when it matters,” said Vice Adm. Robert Burke, Chief of Naval Personnel, in the statement. “Hardship Duty Pay — Tempo is designed to compensate sailors for the important roles they continue to play in keeping our nation safe during extended deployments around the globe.”

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