June 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm #163657
I am trying to determine if accepting an emergency essential position in Iraq or Afghanistan is worth it (pay and safety is my main concern). The position is for 13 months and I will return to my current position at the end of the temporary term. I will be on official TDY status if I accept the position.
Please share your knowledge with me. I do not know what the living conditions are like… Are 1102 (contracting) civilians placed in a decent living space? Is it somewhat safe? I know that it’s not completely safe in Iraq or Afghanistan, but is it somewhat safe?
How does the danger pay and foreign pay work?
Were you able to negotiate your salary? I understand that many are offered a temporary grade level increase, but if you are already at the highest grade level offered, do you negotiate steps?
Any information that you can provide would be much appreciated.
June 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm #163665
I’ve had a few friends that have done it. I’m pretty sure it’s tax free as well. They all said kind of what I expected – it’s safe once your are on base, there are always risk with transportation but that comes and go. It’s kind of boring but you make a lot of money (rooms for extra hours at overtime, no taxes, all meals are there so no real way to spend money)
June 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm #163663
One thing I read on OPM and was told by HR is that all salary and additional pay is taxable. So, Uncle Sam will definitely get his cut.
I’m happy to hear that your friends felt safe while they were there. Thank you so much for sharing.
Do you know if they were able to take showers or if the bathing options were limited? I don’t know if there are showers or buckets of water (lol).
June 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm #163661
June 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm #163659
Thank you Andrew!
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