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Op ADDENDUM & Afghan danger pay revisited 2014
« on: April 23, 2014, 01:50:28 »
I’ve heard rumours that the take home pay would be lower for ADDENDUM, but not of the allowances going away all together … but from below, it would seem rumours are all that exist as a decision has not been made for the next review. 
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Canadian soldiers headed to Kabul told not to expect danger pay
Richard Madan, CTV News
22 April 2014 

At least sixteen Canadian soldiers who are being deployed to Kabul for a special mission next month have been told not to expect danger pay, despite frequent attacks in the Afghan capital, CTV News has learned.

The troops assigned to Operation Addenda will provide security to the Canadian embassy in Kabul, and protect the Ambassador and staff,  but they have been told not to expect any danger pay during the six-month mission.

Critics say the move doesn’t make sense, given the increasing violence in Kabul. Last month, an attack on a luxury hotel in the city killed nine people, including two Canadian women.

“If there's no danger, you wouldn't be sending (troops) at all,” said Jack Harris, NDP’s national defence critic.

“If there's danger, you should be recognizing it with pay danger pay. I don’t know who makes these decisions. They're not thinking logically.”

Friends and family say it’s a frustrating situation for soldiers who are “in danger no matter where they go in Afghanistan.”

“They’re going with no support,” said one woman who gave her name as Rachelle.

The Department of National Defence told CTV that the amount of danger pay allowances is “continuously reviewed” by a panel of experts who analyze the risks of each deployment.

The department later confirmed the panel, called the Hardship and Risk Committee, will meet Wednesday to re-assess the threat level on the latest Kabul mission, which could result in a change in pay.

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson has the power to make the pay upgrades, but his staff says he will wait until the panel makes its recommendation, and that could take about a week.

That same panel decided to slash danger pay for about 930 troops who were on a training mission in Afghanistan a year ago. Each soldier was to receive roughly $500 less per month, but the Harper government quickly reversed the decision. 

This time around, there are fears that Western embassies in Afghanistan could become targets amid heightened tensions following recent elections in the war-ravaged country. Soldiers guarding the embassy compounds would be the first line of defence.

“This is their job,” said Rachelle. “They have to do it no matter what.”

The 16 troops are scheduled to deploy in early May, which coincidentally, is around the same time Afghan war veterans will be celebrated on the National Day of Honour on Parliament Hill.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-soldiers-headed-to-kabul-told-not-to-expect-danger-pay-1.1788026

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Re: Op ADDENDUM & Afghan danger pay revisited 2014
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014, 07:04:05 »
Every new named mission must submit a Hardship and Risk allowance request 30 days after the first members arrive in country. Once it is submitted, they will have to wait until the board, which convenes only once a year, reviews and grants the allowances.

Of course they will may not get level 5 Hardship and level 4 Risk, but they won't know until they apply, and wait for the board to sit and rule on it.

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Re: Op ADDENDUM & Afghan danger pay revisited 2014
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2014, 14:27:28 »
Right after the story ran the Hardship and Risk Committee sat a special sessions (my wording) to address their hardship and risk.

The business rules are that you can only submit an application for H/R for a new mission during the last 60 days of the deployment.

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Re: Op ADDENDUM & Afghan danger pay revisited 2014
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2014, 18:22:45 »
And judging by no further news stories, I'm guessing they got the same HA and Risk that Kabul got for ATTENTION.