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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
A to Z Challenge - D is for Deployment
Deployment refers to activities required to move military personnel, equipment, and materials from their home base [my son was stationed in Gulfport Mississippi] to a specified destination, either in the theater of operations (overseas) or within the United States.
The first time my Navy son told me he was deployed “to Virginia” I thought - Virginia? Deployed? But yes, even within the US, it's called a deployment.
The US military has more than 1.3 million men and women on active duty. Somewhere between 150,000 and 450,000 are stationed overseas in more than 150 countries.
The average Army deployment can range from 12 months deployed, followed by 12 months at home station assignment, to 12 months deployed and 24 months at home.
The below links include maps of deployments in 2017. Obviously, not all deployments are listed.
A servicemember deployed to a combat zone receives "combat pay" (officially called "imminent danger pay") at $225 per month. Working in a combat zone also triggers a tax advantage in locations designated "Tax Exempt" areas. Earnings received while in these specific combat zones are excluded from federal taxable income. If the servicemember spends a single day in the combat zone, pay for the entire month is excluded from taxable income, plus he/she receives the additional $225 in combat pay for that month.
Military members with dependents also receive "Family Separation Allowance" (FSA) of $250 per month anytime they are away from their families due to military orders for 30 days or longer.
Servicemembers who perform hazardous duties such as parachute jumping, demolition of explosives, handling toxic fuels, flight deck duty or experimental stress duty, etc, earn an additional $150 per month.
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What's next for E?
E is for Enlistment and DEP. Who can enlist? Would YOU qualify? What happens when a person enlists? Where do they go? What is DEP? Come back tomorrow and find out!