Sacked Soldier Misses Pension By Just 72 Hours



 


MoD bosses axed a soldier 72 hours before he completed his 18 years service -to stop him getting his full pension.

The man, in his 40s, served his country for 17 years, 362 days before being hit by redundancy as the Army sheds 5,000 jobs.

He must wait another 18 years before drawing a smaller pension, saving the MoD £108,000.

Malcolm Farrow, of The Forces Pension Society, described the treatment of the soldier as "unfair". He said: "To be made redundant only three days from your pension is harsh."

Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy said the serviceman had been "robbed" and urged PM David Cameron to intervene.

He said: "Those who have given so much to the country deserve better than this."

The Sun revealed last year that hundreds of soldiers just short of qualifying for full pensions were being targeted for the sack.

Engineers, drivers, Gurkhas and medics up to two years short of their time were most at risk.

Before a rule change in 2010, servicemen made redundant got an immediate pension if they had served at least 12 years. Now it is 18 years. Junior NCOs are worst hit by the change.

An MoD spokesman said: "Those who leave just prior to 18 years do not receive an immediate pension.

"But the redundancy scheme pays a significantly larger tax-free lump sum.

"They will still receive a pension and a further tax-free sum at 60 or 65."