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Officer warned for forcing conscripts to drop their pants

TT/David Landes · 19 Oct 2009, 17:53

Published: 19 Oct 2009 17:53 GMT+02:00

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The conscripts from Sweden's Life Regiment Hussars (K3), an elite cavalry division involved in intelligence and paratrooper training and stationed in Karlsborg in central Sweden, had angered their superiors by packing too many clothes.

Several commanders stood by for the collective punishment, which took place on an abandoned training field last autumn, according to several media reports.

“We view the matter very seriously. To collectively punish someone is never okay and what the commander did can’t be accepted by our leadership or by the Armed Forces at large,” said Christoffer Lindqvist of the Conscription Council (Värnpliktsrådet), to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The platoon hadn’t received a list of what to bring with them for combat training, so conscripts instead packed what they saw as appropriate.

“When they then arrived out at the location, an officer inspected their packs and noticed that they had taken way too many clothes with them,” said Lindqvist.

As a punishment, the soldiers were ordered to drop their pants to their knees and crawl around on the grass.

Collective punishment is prohibited with the Swedish Armed Forces. But sources told Aftonbladet the phenomenon isn’t out of the ordinary for K3.

“We’re also very concerned about that. There have been other things that have happened before,” said Linqvist.

The officer who ordered the punishment has received a formal reprimand from K3’s leadership, but the commanders who stood by and watched as soldiers crawled in the grass with their pants down have not been punished.

On its website, the Life Regiment Hussars claim to be “light, highly mobile units with substantial strike power” with “long experience in the area of intelligence.”

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The collective pantsing incident marks the second time the K3 regiment has been in the news recently.

In late September, the unit also made headlines after a demolition team blew up the wrong house during a routine training exercise.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:22 October 19, 2009 by izbz
Next time don't condemn the gays, at least they dare to come out of the closet. These officer and commanders should come out of the closet too.....like to watch soldiers with pants down. Maybe they are sadist too!
10:30 October 20, 2009 by jack sprat
On parade,Swedish style.

Officers gotta checkout the guys credentials and personal hygiene before going into action,....doggy style......Hilarious.

I'm sure these Swedish soldiers will be alert at all times, with one eye over their shoulder,just in case the "enemy" sneaks up from behind.
15:16 October 20, 2009 by spy
When discussing new conscripts one Swedish Officer said to another: "I think Andersson may be gay."

The second Swedish officer said, "What makes you think that?"

To which the relpy was, "his knob tastes a bit 'bummy'."

15:54 October 20, 2009 by vladd777
I feel as if my self respect has been violated!
16:33 October 20, 2009 by Leprehcaun
Yeah. Gay was the first word I thought of too but out of the roughly 200 comments of the Swedish comments to this article (on expressen I think) no one mentioned that. People just saw it as a punishment, not as something gay.
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