Military compensation

I don’t normally read the News of the World but this story was highlighted to me by Charles at work (he of “What I have learned from Charles” fame).

I am not going to decry the work done by administrators in the military, simple things like pay, allowances, rations etc are of huge importance and the front line troops can’t do their job without admin support. But to hear that a typist gets nearly £500,000 compensation for getting a typing related injury makes me rather angry. Particularly when you compare it with the insultingly small sums that properly injured service personnel get.

This extract from the NOTW sums it up rather well.

Jerome Church, secretary of the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association, said last night: “It would be laughable if it wasn’t so totally outrageous. If you can get half a million for tapping on one of the Queen’s typewriters, that’s many times what you’d get for being crippled fighting the Queen’s enemies. Hearing about this would certainly upset the soldiers coming back from war zones with serious injuries.”

Badly-injured TA Corporal Scott Garthley, 39, from Northampton, was a £75,000-a-year bank executive before the 2003 Iraq war—but now he is unable to work and is
struggling to survive on a war pension of just £70 (a week).

If anyone out in blogging-world can persuade me that service personnel are not chronically under valued I would love to hear it.

8 responses to “Military compensation

  1. Ah yes, but the problem is the Elf n safety doesn’t apply to war or serving your country. Very dangerous things, typewriters.

  2. Ah yes, but the problem is the Elf n safety doesn’t apply to war or serving your country. Very dangerous things, typewriters.

  3. Am I permitted a rant, please?My first (and most prized) job was at the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar in Gosport. We went out and sat in tents in Gulf-1. Its closure in the last few months (long after I left) was fought tooth and nail for many years by Peter Viggers MP – who is one of the most underrated and underappreciated of our more talented backbenchers.I now contract to the last remaining Royal Naval Hospital – but it is out here in Gibraltar! Words cannot express how wrong it is for us not to have three hospitals dedicated to each service – as we had under the last government of our inclination.I have left similar posts along these lines on your site in the past, but I couldn’t let the opportunity pass to repeat myself…apologies. It needs forcing down the throats of these idiots.

  4. Am I permitted a rant, please?My first (and most prized) job was at the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar in Gosport. We went out and sat in tents in Gulf-1. Its closure in the last few months (long after I left) was fought tooth and nail for many years by Peter Viggers MP – who is one of the most underrated and underappreciated of our more talented backbenchers.I now contract to the last remaining Royal Naval Hospital – but it is out here in Gibraltar! Words cannot express how wrong it is for us not to have three hospitals dedicated to each service – as we had under the last government of our inclination.I have left similar posts along these lines on your site in the past, but I couldn’t let the opportunity pass to repeat myself…apologies. It needs forcing down the throats of these idiots.

  5. Presumably “staff” are MoD employees and soldiers are agents of the Crown – the difference being that employment law etc. don’t properly apply to agents of the Crown. The problem is not that “staff” are treated too well, but soldiers are treated too badly.

  6. Presumably “staff” are MoD employees and soldiers are agents of the Crown – the difference being that employment law etc. don’t properly apply to agents of the Crown. The problem is not that “staff” are treated too well, but soldiers are treated too badly.

  7. The forces are not undervalued by the country – who consistently put soldiers at the top of respected professions – but the moral pygmies who govern us.

  8. The forces are not undervalued by the country – who consistently put soldiers at the top of respected professions – but the moral pygmies who govern us.

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