My husband is in Baghdad. He has been there for almost a year now. He is an HVAC Foreman. Baghdad has an uplift of 75%. That means the first 160 hours per month are paid at a regular hourly rate plus 75% added. The balance of say 240 hours (most of the guys work atleast 100 hours per week) are paid at the normal base rate - no uplift.
They get R & R every 120 days. The R & R is paid at 40 hours regular hours with no uplift. Basically they get paid about $700 per week while they are on R & R.
The process for my husband took about 3 weeks after he started speaking with a recruiter. It was pretty fast. But I am told it depends on the position and how badly that position is needed. Plumbing and Electrical is in need of help pretty bad right now.
Hope this helps.....