Oh my god! Squaddies have a private piss-up and drop their togs. Never before in the history of humankind has this happened. This should be front-page news all over the world.
This is how you make non-news when there's nothing to report.
Here's another example (made up by me):
MP LIVES WITH FOUR WOMEN AND ONE OF THEM IS MARRIED!
MP for Puddlington-South Mr George Shaggington-Sheepsby has now moved back in with his four teenage daughters and his wife Agatha. They had lived apart for ten months due to the MP's parliamentary duties.
I saw this article on RR, I was so hacked off I emailed the scum, I can post the email on here if you like. One thing tho is that she is not wearing an RMP cap, someone on RR reckons its an RM dress cap. It just looks like a stag do with a stripper.
Your article is somewhat inaccurate to say the least. For a start the woman in the pictures is not wearing an RMP cap, female RMPs wear a modified version of the male issue cap with the same red crown as male RMPs.
Additionally you can buy any regimental headwear from an army surplus shop. Personally I think that these pictures are of some "stag do" where someone hired a stripper.
I suggest you check your facts and sources before disparaging members of our armed forces who are slogging their guts out in some very nasty parts of the world. Considering your paper claims to support our armed forces I am surprised that you seem to do everything possible to show them in a bad light.
I would recommend that you are very careful about what you put in print, it may come back to haunt you in more ways than one (remember Piers Morgan).
Its not the people in the photos who should be disciplined for bringing the Army into disrepute.
It should be the person who took the photos and emailed them to the defence editor of the Sun.
Then again there are serving personnel out there who are so Naive (read thick) who have their own blog sites and put photos of their antics on them not realising its public domain and people like this prat TOM NEWTON DUNN will rub their hands with glee on seeing those photos go online, hell they dont even need to pay for them if they are on the public domain!
Its alright for civvies to have drunken fun but not the Army....
The one who should be 'birched' is the tosser who sold these pix to the Sun. If you are about to have a 'good night' in the Sqn bar with all the nudity, drunkeness and strange and sometimes perverted behaviour that occurs then mobile phones or cameras should be banned. Because, and i say this with a heavy heart, you cannot trust your mates anymore who think they might get a quick £500 for selling them on..... Absolute spunkbubble!
The Sun must be aware that military personnel are not permitted to speak to the media without permission. If a story is obviously in the public interest (whistleblowing on illegal activity, say), then it might be considered ok to publish if the informant did not have permission.
However, in the case of stories utterly devoid of any public interest (or news value), surely it is incumbent upon the editor to confirm that the informant has official permission; such a check would also give the editor an opportunity to verify the veracity of the story.
However, despite this article featuring Tom Newton-Dung's usual lurid, shoddy and inaccurate reporting, I don't imagine MOD will be complaining to the Press Complaints Commission about the way the Sun actively trawls for salacious stories. Sun journos regularly instruct on Media Ops courses, and as part of the Murdoch organisation the Sun can usually be relied upon to support Neu Arbeit.
Curious, isn't it, that whenever the government is under fire about defence issues (e.g. BAE bribery, healthcare for the military, accommodation, Iraq, Afgahnistan, overstretch, underfunding and so on), the 'paper that supports our boys' will always manage to dig up a 'drunken squaddie rampage' story.
Did anyone notice whether the Sun's risible Defence Editor had anything sensible to say about Tul Bahadur Pun VC? Or was he too busy demonstrating his uniform recognition skills?
Finally, whoever took the photographs the Sun has published should be seeking a substantial sum for breach of copyright...