Bums, guns and loads of fun as Belgian soldiers let their trousers down

2013-04-10 00:00

MILITARY chiefs in Belgium have launched an investigation after a video of half-naked Belgian soldiers performing the Harlem Shake ended up on YouTube.

The video was taken down within a day of being uploaded, but not before it had quickly gone viral after showing the troupe of soldiers from Aarlen barracks dancing in little more than underwear.

Some of the soldiers were seen moving about with machine guns while others used a shelf as a rowing boat or pretended to swim on it.

But while military chiefs said it had damaged the army’s reputation, others described it as harmless and accused the top brass of overreacting.

Erwin De Staelen, of the liberal trade union VSOA, said: “Above all, I see soldiers having fun. What’s wrong with that?

“Soldiers used to pull these sorts of pranks in the past but there weren’t any YouTubes and Facebooks.

“A lot of hard work goes on in these barracks, but there also needs to be room for relaxation and the chance to let off steam.

“The weapons were semi-automatic, but they didn’t contain ammunition, so there was no danger of injuring anyone.”

A spokesperson for the Defence Ministry, Bart Ghys, however, refused to take such a relaxed view and said the video would be studied and disciplinary action considered.

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