Forced To Resign Sergeant Major Wins Case
A flying instructor who has quitted the Army wins £400k compensation for apparent bullying.
Prince Harry is a close friend of Sergeant Major Michael Booley who had taught him at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire. The Sergeant Major had trained Harry to fly in combat zones and developed a close friendship since.
The Sergeant voiced in a military court that those in command above him failed to carry out their promises which led to his eventual resignation. Booley resign after an illustrious career from the Army Air Corps in November 2010. He had been involved in the frontline action in Iraq and the Balkans.
A brigadier who was part of the inquiry had revealed to refer the Major’s treatment by a senior person as spiteful and other documents allegedly describe the treatment as bullying.
Behind closed doors, the court found out how Booley was promised a deal worth £50k which never happened and was promised a position at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire which was detracted. Instead, the pilot was sent for four years to Northern Ireland after top brass escalated issues regarding his flying skills.
The service inquiry with Brigadier Matt Lowe in charge found Booley’s move to RAF Waddington was blocked by his career manager, Major Steve Graham. The evidence provided to enable the block was classed as weak. The findings by Brigadier Lowe reports Major Graham as a person who abused his position of trust, was vindictive and had mistreated the victim. It was recommended that Major Graham’s superiors consider his position which acted against the Army’s interests for disciplinary action.
Sergeant Major Booley is unable to work and suffers from severe depression resulting from the bullying tactics of senior officials. The £400k compensation awarded is tax free and based on health factors, as well as loss of earnings.
In addition, the Ministry of Defence is likely to pay £100k for the costs in the legal case which has taken six years. An Army spokesperson has been asked to comment on the case but declined to confirm the charges brought against Booley’s senior officers. Instead, it was mentioned that complaints were taken very seriously.