The wives of two senior officers at Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana were pressured to quit their jobs with warnings that the careers of their husbands would suffer if they did not, an internal investigation has concluded.

Despite that finding, the commanders involved in the incidents will not be disciplined, the Air Force said.

The pressure was exerted by commanding officers, including a one-star general who headed the 42nd Air Division, because until recently the Air Force had no written policy on working wives, the investigating officer found.

As a result, "we found no evidence that there was a violation of any policies, regulations or law which would warrant disciplinary action," said Maj. Ken St. John, an Air Force spokesman.

"What the report reveals is that some officers did not handle this situation as effectively as they might have," he added.

The investigation's results appear certain to sharpen debate about the manner in which women in the military, as well as spouses, are treated. The Air Force has already ordered a task force to examine the treatment of spouses, and Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger has ordered a similar group to probe complaints of discrimination and harassment against women in uniform.

The Air Force investigation was conducted in late July and early August following stories in The Indianapolis Star and the Air Force Times. The newspapers quoted service wives as complaining of undue pressure to quit their careers from the men who commanded the 305th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom, a part of the 42nd Air Division.

The wives charged it was made clear that their husbands would not advance unless they devoted more time to voluntary social and charitable activities at the base.

The Air Force later ordered an officer from another base, Col. Norman F. Rathje, vice commander of the 68th Air Refueling Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., to investigate.

Rathje's three-page inquiry report, dated Aug. 11, was released to The Associated Press in response to a query.

The investigation focused on the complaints of two women -- Judith P. Croxton, wife of now-retired colonel Roy D. Croxton Jr., and Nattaya Leuenberger, wife of Col. John F. Leuenberger.

Judith Croxton's case began in May 1985, when her husband was nominated to become a vice commander of the 42nd Air Division. At the time, the commander of the 305th was Col. Howard L. Kravetz.

"Following Col. Croxton's nomination . . . the division commander, then-Brig. Gen. Larry Fortner, advised {Kravetz} that he would not nominate Col. Croxton . . . as long as Mrs. Croxton was working," the investigator found.

Kravetz "communicated this information to Col. Croxton and Mrs. Croxton subsequently resigned from her civil service position" as manager of the Air Force Suggestion Program at Grissom, the inquiry report continued.

The case of Nattaya Leuenberger came to a head last January after Col. Gary R. Ebert arrived as new wing commander. Leuenberger had been previously warned in 1986 by Kravetz that his wife's decision to work full time "would probably make {him} noncompetitive for professional advancement," the report said.

Once Ebert took over as wing commander, he "began to exert pressure on Mrs. Leuenberger for increased participation in social activities," the report said. Nattaya Leuenberger was working full time as a substance abuse therapist.