Hardship pay for Japan announced

Tuesday - 4/5/2011, 9:40am EDT

Service members in certain prefectures of Japan will receive hardship duty pay. Effective April 1, they'll get an extra $50 per month. Hardship areas include the Tokyo Capital Region and 17 prefectures affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunamis. Service members permanently assigned to those areas, and those serving for longer than 30 days, are eligible for the hardship duty pay. But, Defense says, those serving aboard ships are not eligible. No need to apply -- DOD will tuck the money into paychecks automatically.

Service members will receive $50 hardship duty pay per month if they are based in the Tokyo Capital Region and the prefectures of Aichi, Kanagawa, Akita, Aomori, Chiba, Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, Iwate, Miyagi, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Shizouka, Tochigi, Yamagata and Yamanashi.

This story is part of Federal News Radio's daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.