MoD pays out £100,000 to female RAF recruits injured from marching in step with the men
Compensation amounts are higher than those awarded to soldiers who endured severe gunshot wounds in Afghanistan
Three female RAF recruits have each been given £100,000 by the Ministry of Defence after incurring injuries from marching in step with their male colleagues.
According to the women, parading alongside taller male recruits caused them to over-stride, which led to spinal and pelvic injuries.
Following a bitter five-year legal battle that saw the MoD accuse the women of exaggerating their symptoms, they have been awarded more compensation than soldiers who endured severe gunshot wounds in Afghanistan.
RAF official policy states that female recruits should not be expected to extend the length of their strides beyond 27 inches and should be placed at the front of any mixed squad to determine the pace.
But while undergoing training at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire, the claimants had to extend their strides to 30 inches – the standard stride length for men.
The women – aged 17, 22 and 23 at the time – were injured in the first nine weeks of training but have been compensated for nine years of lost earnings and pension perks. All three have made a full recovery.
The payouts come as the Armed Forces’ compensation bill for 2012/13 surpassed £108.9million – up £21million on the last financial year. Former Defence Minister Gerald Howarth said: “This case is completely and utterly ridiculous – it belongs in the land of the absurd. The defence budget is strapped and we’re making 20,000 troops redundant, yet these former recruits are being paid six-figure sums.
“Every pound they’ve been awarded should be clawed back by offsetting their compensation against future earnings.”
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
- 1 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 2 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 3 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country
Ian Thorpe gay: Olympic swimmer comes out in Parkinson interview
Death in the Valley of the Dolls: Heroin overdose turns the spotlight on prostitution boom in California's tech industry
Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?
Woman, 61, jailed for seven years after drink-drive death of cyclist
Gaza-Israel conflict: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators take to streets of London, Paris and New York in wave of protests
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
£55000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...
£55000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Payment Dev...
£70000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Information Security Manager (ISO 27001, A...
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...