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Squaddie shot in the foot during a training exercise gets £2.5MILLION in compensation

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MILITARY chiefs paid out £2.5million after a serviceman was shot in the foot during a training exercise.

They also shelled out £3.7million for crush injuries suffered by a member of the military in a vehicle accident.

And £3.3million was paid to settle an action brought by another who suffered road traffic accident injuries, and was then given negligent medical treatment.

The Ministry of Defence paid out a record £129.7million last year after being sued by personnel, civilian staff and members of the public.

The huge sum went on compensation and costs across almost 3,000 claims that were lodged against the MoD. It was 55 per cent higher than the £83.7million paid out five years ago.

Another £1.7million was paid to settle an action brought by a civilian who suffered a brain injury on an adventure training course.

All the settlements include hefty legal fees, so not all the cash went to the claimant.

But the big payouts are in sharp contrast to the MoD’s official Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Under the AFCS, soldiers get £27,000 if they lose both their index fingers in battle, £10,000 if they are shot in the chest and £6,000 for low-level PTSD.

Colonel Richard Kemp, ex-commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said: “It is hard to understand how there can have been such a dramatic increase in compensation compared to five years ago when the forces were bigger than they are today."

Released for injury in bands

HUNDREDS of military musicians have been medically discharged or downgraded after suffering injuries linked to their roles in ceremonial bands.

MoD figures show that 40 of the 76 discharged from 2008 to 2019 had musculoskeletal disorders, including back problems.

In the same period, 348 bandsmen and women from the Army, Air Force and Marines were downgraded due to injury.

Ex-RAF musician Toby Morrison said: “Playing an instrument as you march puts strain on your body. It is dreadful careers are being ended due to lugging around instruments.”

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