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Litigation: Female RAF recruits win compensation for injuries

Three Royal Air Force recruits have won compensation from the MoD after suffering injuries relating to marching, reports the BBC.

The three women sued the Ministry of Defence after claiming that marching practice that was conducted alongside taller male colleagues had left them over-striding and had caused long-term damage to their backs.

The story, reported in the Mail on Sunday, concludes with the three being understood to have agreed a £100,000 settlement each with the MoD.

The women told the Mail on Sunday newspaper that they were forced to extend their stride by around 75cms in order to complete basic training marches.

The MoD claimed that the three women exaggerated the effects of the extension of their stride, which they claim left them with pelvic and spinal injuries.

The RAF has reviewed their policy towards female marching practices, and has now said that female recruits should not be expected to extend their stride beyond 69cms.

One of the three women, Tracie Davies, from Odiham Hampshire, trained with the RAF in 2006. She told the Mail on Sunday in an interview:

"When I started getting pains in my groin I was told to march through it, even when I was carrying a heavy pack which was almost the size of me. I trusted the medics to know better than me so I carried on marching."

Davies claims to have suffered four pelvic fractures during her time in the RAF, resulting in her discharge from service in 2008.

In a statement the RAF said all claims for compensation were considered on their merits.

"The RAF takes the welfare of its recruits very seriously and has reviewed its recruit training practices to mitigate against this risk."

It is understood that there are five more compensation claims outstanding against the RAF for pelvic injuries relating to marching practices.