'Due to the complexity of new pay regulations and a "misinterpretation" of the rules, some personnel had been under an "erroneous expectation" they would receive extra daily allowances of between £1.04 and £16.74 a day depending on length of service.
The issue had been discussed with the Defence Secretary Des Browne and military chiefs but it was decided the Marines would not be given the promised money as a one-off payment.
This was "not what they may have been expecting" and commanders were instructed to tell their men "in as sensitive a manner as possible".'
You see what happens when you’re under this enormous pressure serving your country is that you fantasise that you have been promised more money for risking your life. These fantasies can be very real and very specific and you can visualise someone writing you a letter which tells you that you will receive between £1.04 and £16.74 per day extra. Wartime psychosis is very tricky to cure. But because it values so highly the job our armed forces are doing, the Government has thoughtfully sent out teams of experts to counsel the 1,000 commandos whose children will not be getting a Wii for Christmas. Just a wild guess but I’m thinking that’s probably costing more than the £200,000 (approx) committed in error.
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