As usual the professional liars and hypocrites (is that a qualification for working there?)at the MOD are anxious to justify the difference, which is totally unjustifiable IMHO. They were obviously frightened she would sue, whilst the poor bl**dy soldier is prevented from doing so.
"For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country," when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
But Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool - you bet that Tommy sees!"