Hostile Fire Pay (HFP)

Army National Guard: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet

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A soldier may be entitled to Hostile Fire Pay (HFP) when the appropriate commander certifies that the member has met the requirements for entitlement to HFP for a given month. Certification of entitlement shall be made at the lowest level of command. Certification shall include the name and social security number of each member entitled to the hostile fire pay, a short description of the incident, and when and where it occurred. A death certificate or injury report may be substituted in place of the certification if the document establishes the cause of the death or injury was due to hostile fire or an explosion of a hostile mine.

The same entitlement amount is also received by meeting different eligibility requirements that qualify a soldier for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP). This entitlement is usually listed together as Hostile Fire Pay/Imminent Danger Pay. A soldier can receive IDP or HFP but not both.


Retired Soldiers are not eligible for HFP.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the Hostile Fire Pay webpage maintained by the Department of Defense (DoD)

For additional information on possible changes to this benefit as a Wounded Warrior, please visit the Wounded Warrior Pay section of the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) website at:

Document Review Date: 13 March 2024