Prince Harry to Receive Danger Money During Four-Month Afghanistan Tour
The 27-year-old royal will receive £200 in danger money per week for flying helicopters and taking part in combat missions against the Taliban, The Daily Mail reports.
That weekly payment translates to about $320 U.S. dollars, a bonus that will add to Harry’s captain salary (roughly $62,000).
The prince reported for duty at Camp Bastion on Thursday night, officially beginning his second tour in Afghanistan.
Harry’s four-month stint will consist of serving as a co-pilot and gunner for an Apache attach helicopter, as previously reported.
“Prince Harry, like any soldier, considers it a great honor to represent his country in her majesty’s armed forces wherever it chooses to deploy him,” a spokesperson for St. James Palace said last week.
According to The Daily Mail, like the rest of the pilots, the tax-free danger money won’t be in Harry’s hands until the end of his tour.
“Harry has the backing of everyone in the Army Air Corps. He performed very well in training and was too good in the Apache to be ordered to ‘fly a desk,’” a fellow Apache pilot told The Daily Mail, adding that the prince will fly his first operational excursion “probably at the end of this week.”
Harry’s previous deployment to Afghanistan was in late 2007, when he served duty for 10 weeks.