posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 03:21 AM
Ministry of Defence bureaucrats have pocketed nearly £300million in bonuses while soldiers have been dying from lack of equipment.
In one shocking example, two mandarins collected bonuses of £17,000 each - more than a year's basic pay for a squaddie in Helmand.
But on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers have accused the Government of putting lives at risk by scrimping on military essentials
including helicopters, radios and night goggles.
MPs, soldiers' families and campaign groups condemned the 'scandalous' waste of money.
They said it could have been used to refit six Chinook troop carrying helicopters, desperately needed in Afghanistan, which have been confined to
their hangers since 2001 after a massive MoD contract blunder.
It could also have paid for some 1,800 new Army recruits.
Warning: Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe said UK troops would die because they were not travelling by air
The MoD admits that £287million has been paid in bonuses since Britain went to war in Iraq.
Last year, its bureaucrats pocketed £52.9million and in the first six months of 2009/10 they collected another £47.2million.
Senior officials shared £1.5million, averaging £8,000 each. Junior staff took home an extra £775