The two men, sergeants in the Swedish armed forces, were leading the exercise which involved national service recruits. During the exercise the pair were clad in only blazers and underwear.
The sergeants have now been docked three days pay apiece for behaviour considered to be “unsafe, inappropriate and immature”, by the Armed Forces Disciplinary Board (Försvarsmaktens personalansvarsnämnd).
“Control of the detail of the conscripts reconnaissance reports can definitely be done in different, more appropriate, ways,” the board argued.
The board further argued that the sergeants’ skimpy attire of blazer and boxer shorts was to be considered a breach of security and found that they “had not adapted their clothing to existing water and temperature conditions”.
“With this in mind the board finds that (the officers) have rendered themselves guilty to misconduct that can not be considered minor,” the board wrote while ruling that the soldiers should be docked three days pay.
The sergeants have been given three weeks to appeal the ruling.