Call me Sexy T: The single-mother soldier suing Army for £500,000 over childcare

This is the latest picture of the former soldier who has won a controversial sex discrimination claim over Army childcare.

Dressed in see-through white mesh top and tight jeans, single mother Tilern DeBique relaxes on a brass bed.

She posted the picture on MySpace, where she calls herself SexyT and says she 'plays hard'. She adds: 'Give me a shout sometime and see how we get on... hope you're up for a laugh and can manage a good time and the truth cause that's what you get with me.'

Tilern DeBique as she appears on MySpace

'Give me a shout sometime': Tilern DeBique as she appears on MySpace

The picture emerged as it was revealed that Miss DeBique is claiming a staggering £500,000 compensation for the end of her Army career.

The 28-year-old won her landmark employment tribunal case after arguing that she was forced to choose between a military career and caring for her daughter Tahlia, now four.

She also won a claim of race discrimination because Army chiefs did not let her bring her half-sister from the Caribbean, where Miss DeBique was recruited, to look after her child.

Her victory left senior officers facing the nightmare task of having to consider soldiers' childcare problems before giving them orders.

But yesterday the former lance-corporal admitted rejecting a five-year posting to a base which had facilities to look after her daughter. Miss DeBique admitted turning down a five-year posting to Blandford Army Camp in Dorset, which would have provided the care she had needed for her little girl.

She said she had been about to begin resettlement training, to prepare her for life as a civilian, and 'was at my wits' end'.

Keith Morton, representing the Ministry of Defence, suggested the posting could have been a solution.

Miss DeBique replied: 'In hindsight, I can see it being perceived that way but at the time I had gone through so much mentally. Maybe I wasn't thinking straight.'

From yesterday's Daily Mail

From yesterday's Daily Mail

Miss DeBique, who is originally from the Caribbean island of St Vincent, has told the Central London Employment Tribunal she was forced to leave the Army in 2008 because she was expected to be available for duty '24/7, 365 days a year'.

She was formally disciplined when she failed to appear on parade because she had to look after her daughter and was told by her commanding officer that the Army was a 'war-fighting machine' and 'unsuitable for a single mother who couldn't sort out her childcare arrangements.'

She is representing herself at the compensation hearing. Yesterday her daughter sat beside her, playing with toys and a colouring book.

The former signals technician left her £25,000-a-year Army post after only seven of the 22 years she signed up for.

Even without considering possible promotions and pay rises, her compensation claim for loss of earnings would add up to £375,000.

She is also believed to be claiming for loss of pension rights and housing allowance, injury to feelings and aggravated damages.

The tribunal heard that Miss DeBique has had temporary jobs since leaving the 10th Signal Regiment but is currently unemployed and has fallen behind on her £80-a-week rent for a room in shared accommodation.

Mr Morton suggested she had been exploring other jobs which paid 'considerably more money' in the months before she quit. And despite her childcare concerns, she had also considered leaving her daughter behind and working in Afghanistan.

But Miss DeBique said she had not been financially motivated in pursuing two administrative posts in Afghanistan, even though they had salaries of £35,000 and £48,000 and generous time off.

She also denied suggestions that she might have left the Army if she had been sent to Iraq or Afghanistan, insisting: 'I would have gone. I know what I signed up for.'

Major David Laycock told the tribunal the offer of the Blandford posting was 'relatively unique' for someone in Miss DeBique's position although there could never be any guarantee she would not be sent to a war zone.

He said: 'There is no safe haven for soldiers from deployment. Part of the military covenant is that the Army does come first.'

The hearing continues.

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