The difference being, that the officer didn’t get a criminal record or a disciplinary record that in some circumstances follows into civvy street.
Extras, charity fines and champagne for the mess are not the same.
A 2 tier disciplinary system, where officers cannot go to MCTC doesn’t seem right nowadays.
It should be fare across the board one rule for Bods and one rule for Rupert’s is in modern times archaic. As a full screw I caught a certain Captain behaving extremely inappropriately with our Battalions WRAC Ac Adj many moons ago after a Regimental Dinner whilst I was wobbling around try to stop the prowlers having booze a way from the back of a tent. Naturally I was not a happy chap when I found him. All I can say is that it was all brushed under a carpet I was reminded by the RSM that the Sgts promotion board was due to sit and that I was on it however it was possible that I might not be on it. I told him the I was raised to be honest and to have moral courage and was not prepared to back track and that I had a photo copy of the incident book and the prowlers statements how assisted me in securing said Captain with the use of minimum force ie a pick as Handel. Did it go any where did it hell as like did I pick up nope no chance. Totally trashed my career the black mark against my name followed me around for way to many years, ironic really two years to hit full screw in an Infantry unit was in the good old days quite good. Ironically the ****** cam back as the CO moral courage with Officers not a hope in hells chance.