Female RAF recruits march alongside men
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Female RAF recruits win 'marching' injury payout

Three female RAF recruits are to receive £100,000 each in compensation - for injuries they reportedly suffered while marching alongside male colleagues.

The women claimed that parading alongside taller men caused them to over-stride and develop spinal and pelvic injuries.

Former defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast that the decision was borne out of an "obsession" with gender equality; but Philippa Tuckman, Head of Military Claims at Bolt Burdon Kemp said the RAF had a "duty of care" to avoid unnecessary injury.

An MOD spokesperson said: "Where there is a legal liability to pay compensation we do so. The RAF takes the welfare of it recruits very seriously and has reviewed its recruit training practices to mitigate against this risk."

  • 25 Nov 2013
  • From the section UK
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