Soldier demoted for hiring topless barmaids

A QUEENSLAND soldier was demoted for hiring topless barmaids at an Oktoberfest party only to have his rank reinstated, the Australian Defence Force has confirmed.

Four topless barmaids were hired for the party at the defence force's Townsville base, in direct defiance of the commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

It is understood more than 100 soldiers and junior officers attended the event on September 26, at which a roast pig and about $6000 worth of alcohol was served at a venue known among troops as "the Booza".

"Prior to the event, both written and verbal orders were given directing that bar staff were to assist in the service of food and beverages only and were to remain fully clothed at all times," the Australian Defence Force said in a statement.

"It was reported to the chain of command that the member organising the event had disobeyed this order."

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