Via a reader tip comes this news from the UK:
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.
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……………………
Last night, 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.’ [Daily Mail]
You can read much more at the link, but this story reminds me some what of what female US Marine Capt Katie Petronio wrote about in regards to the pelvic and ovarian injuries she received during deployment as a combat engineer that ultimately led to infertility and other issues. She felt that if women in combat arms have to meet the same standards as their male counterparts it will lead to injuries like what she received and thus shortened careers of high-talent female Marines.