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Shutdown pay confusion: Deployed troops will still receive extra cash

Oct. 2, 2013 - 05:06PM   |  
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Despite initial confusion, Marine Corps officials said Wednesday that all pays for active-duty personnel — basic pay and special pay — are protected during the federal government shutdown.

On Tuesday, Navy and Marine Corps officials said that altough troops’ basic pay is protected, special pays, including imminent-danger and hazardous-duty pay, would be suspended until the shutdown ends.

As the shutdown got underway Tuesday, Adm. Bill Moran, the chief of naval personnel, issued a memo indicating special pays would be suspended as a result. Marine officials at the Pentagon said the same held true for the Corps, but they reversed course Wednesday, saying the Navy misinterpreted legislation aimed at protecting military pay during the shutdown.

House Resolution 3210, known as the Pay Our Military Act, protects military pay as defined in Title 10 of the United States Code. Title 10, which governs the military, defines pay as including “basic pay, special pay, retainer pay, incentive pay, retired pay and equivalent pay.”

That means Marines who are deployed, or those who work in risky stateside jobs — those who handle explosives, for example — will continue to receive extra money.

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