Army instructor ‘punched recruits for getting questions wrong’

AN Army instructor punched junior recruits and told them: “You’re mine now, bitches”, a court martial heard.

Cpl Kimberley Hey is said to have asked the teens if they thought they were hard — then hit any who raised their hand.

Cpl Kimberley Hey punched junior recruits, a court martial heard

She also told under-18s who got questions wrong to raise their arms and loosen their belt before punching their stomach.

One lad cried after she randomly hit him and others during six months of training at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorks.

Signaller Hannah Harwood said: “If she was in a bad mood, she would punch us. She had no business behaving in this way.”

Cpl Hey, 34, of 3rd Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, called it banter.

She denies eight counts of battery.

The trial at Bulford military court, Wiltshire, continues.

Soldier given say over rank challenges

Exclusive by Jerome Starkey

SOLDIERS will get a say in which officers get promoted in major reforms.

Army chief General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith wants to allay fears that rotten leaders are reaching the top.

The ex-SAS boss vowed to “weed out the worst” after he was dressed down by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace over recent scandals.

Mid-ranking officers will face tougher appraisals, including “360 degree reviews” so subordinates can tell all.

The reforms are the biggest to the rank ­ladder since Top Brass were banned from buying commissions in 1871.

It comes after The Sun revealed three brigadiers were sacked or sidelined over claims of bullying, misconduct and fraud.

A source said it was “a step in the right direction” but soldiers would be wary of dishing dirt.

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