When Prince Harry caused a furore with his riotous weekend in Sin City, rank and file soldiers backed him by posting nude pictures of their own.
Now it seems more senior figures associated with the Army also regard it as a minor indiscretion.
Former Chief of General Staff Sir General Mike Jackson said many servicemen have probably had the "odd moment" they are not proud of.
Sir Mike, who retired in 2006 after four years of service, said: "All young officers are probably saying 'there but for the grace of God go I' and even some older officers are remembering perhaps the odd moment in their youth when they were being not as wise perhaps as they might have been.
"No. I have no difficulty with it. One does remember the 11th commandment : thou shalt not get caught."
Sir Mike also supported the decision to send the Queen's grandson back on operational duty.
He said: "He's a young officer in the Army and he must do his duty along with all other soldiers. There is no question in my mind about that.
"Let's be clear. It's what he wants as any young officer with red blood in his veins is going to want: to go on operations."