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The regimental sergeant major was demoted after failing to maintain standards at the annual German-inspired beer festival.

The Army attended the event last October at the Infantry Battle School in Breton, Wales.

Regimental Sergeant Major Michael Ransley was “responsible for setting and maintaining standards” during the October 16 event.

He served as the Battle School’s alcohol policy advisor, and his presence at the event was meant to act as a deterrent to other soldiers against excessive drinking.

However, the RSM left guests at the event shocked by the “smell and sight” of Mr Ransley.

The 40-year-old reportedly passed out with “a strong smell of vomit and feces”.

He was reportedly seen with “feces on his leg” and refused to leave the event before passing out.

Events brought the soldier to “spectacular disgrace” when he was demoted following the incident.

Mr Ransley had previously served in Iraq, Northern Ireland and the Balkans and was described in court as the ‘quintessential’ commander.

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The father-of-three and the festival’s most senior soldier is said to have repeatedly ignored advice to clean up during the day.

Details of the incident were revealed at Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire.

The sergeant tried to overturn the demotion, but the judge dismissed his appeal, saying he should have set standards.

Mr Ransley admitted to the disorderly behavior and was downgraded from Warrant Officer Class 1 to Warrant Officer Class 2 by his commanding officer.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-23 19:33:52

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