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Female recruits get £100,000 compensation each… because they were made to march like men

This story is a month old but no less interesting for that.

I’ve been digging my way thru news clippings I’ve been taking out of papers.  I manage to get so far behind in my efforts that sometimes, and this is one of them, where I actually can’t easily recall if I have already posted.  My habit is to discard immediately papers and clipping that have been used.  So, since I still have this and can’t seem to find another mention of it here at bmews, altho late ...  here it is.

Now then .... is this a bit of nonsense or do the ladies have a point?

I don’t recall ever hearing or reading women complain in the past.  I’m trying to remember and having a hard time of it but; When I was in the Navy I don’t believe our Waves wore skirts quite as tight as those shown here. Seems to me the dresses were a bit fuller.  Not too much so but still not tight.  Has memory failed me or have I remembered correctly?


Female RAF recruits get £100,000 compensation each… because they were made to march like men

Women claimed injuries were caused by parading alongside male colleagues
They have been awarded compensation after a five-year legal battle
The women received more than soldiers who suffered wounds in combat

By Mark Nichol

Three female RAF recruits have each been awarded £100,000 by the Ministry of Defence after suffering injuries caused by marching in step with their male colleagues.

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The women claimed that parading alongside taller male recruits caused them to over-stride, a repetitive motion which, when repeated over several weeks, led them to develop spinal and pelvic injuries.

Now, after a five-year bitter legal battle, which saw the MoD accuse the women of exaggerating their symptoms, they have been awarded more compensation than soldiers who suffered serious gunshot wounds in Afghanistan.

Despite the fact that the women – aged 17, 22 and 23 at the time – were injured in the first nine weeks of their RAF training, they have been compensated for nine years of lost earnings and pension perks.

All have recovered and have successful careers outside the military.

The payouts come as the Armed Forces’ compensation bill for 2012/13 topped £108.9million – up £21million on the previous 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.

‘The MoD must stand up to the compensation culture and get the wider public on its side. If the RAF has erred in its training procedures it is because of society’s obsession with gender equality.

‘Every pound they’ve been awarded should be clawed back by offsetting their compensation against future earnings.’

Good God what kind of formation is that?  Are they in boot camp?

Some further info here


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