Thousands of soldiers suffer mental hell but only FOUR get MoD payouts - Mirror Online at the risk of sound obtuse i am somewhat concerned about some of the points made in the article (i dont make a habit of reading red tops but it was in the canteen at work) has compensation culture now spread its foul wings into the military? i say this as a former serviceman but the risks are known and well documented when the individual joins. surely the serials in training, the bayonetting, the rough and tumble of fieldcraft and exercises must tune the young soldier of today into the possibility that he or she 'may' see and be exposed to unsightly things of a multitude of natures? does the RN surgeon who spends 6 months patching up and treating injured troops of all severitys ask for compo when he gets home? its a point worth raising, do his team of dedicated staff? No! but the MOD is now being pilliored into possibly having to pay out millions in compo to thousands of 'PTSD' sufferers, which again, is a phrase i think is grossly overused. the train driver who runs over a suicidal teen deserves such a payout the teacher, beaten and attacked in school deserves such a payout the soldier exposed to the realities of a war zone? I dont think so.