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Hazing in the Military
Transcript of Hazing in the Military
Hazing still on the rise.
Clearly the punishments that are put in place at the moment are not having very much effect on the young military services members who are looking for ways to fit in and trying to find a challenge.
What people think
Hazing in our military is seen to some as a rite of passage or a way to bond, but to others it is a known evil act that has little punishments.
Punishments for hazing are not harsh enough or being enforced by the leaders of our military. This makes hazing seem "ok" to the service members.
Hazing going too far.
1998- Specialist Karl Herricks death on the train tracks near U.S. Army base ruled suicide.
Eight month later.
Eight months later Private Ibrahim Hasan also died on the same tracks, his death did not have a direct answer.
Both, prior to death, had faced hazing and harassment in their units, both were considered outsiders, and both had officers who failed to punish those mistreating them.
Who does it affect?
Anyone involved in hazing could be affected. This would include the families of the victim. From mental to physical abuse hazing does not stop at the act. Hazing could cause issues that last a lifetime, or even worse, end a life.
Punishment for two soldiers' deaths
NONE. At the time the military did not have rules against hazing nor a way to track it. The men responsible for pushing these soldiers to their death never had any sort of punishment.
Another occurrence with death.
Danny Chen faced six weeks of abuse, was called a chink and a gook, dragged across gravel on his back and had rocks and bottles thrown at him to simulate artillery. After, he went up to his guard tower and committed suicide. (Chu)
"Peers should correct peers."
Lcpl. Harry Lew
Lcpl. Harry Lew was serving his second year in the Marine Corps. When he fell asleep on post his Sgt. told his fellow Marines "peers should correct peers". Twenty-two minutes after being physically abused and nearly choked with sand he committed suicide with his own rifle in a foxhole he was forced to dig. (Chu)
In place Punishments
The Marine Corps Order states that hazing will absolutely not be tolerated. The actual punishment listed is that the violater will be charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
What does that mean?
Being charged under the U.C.M.J. could be receiving a piece of paper saying you did something bad. It could, however, cost you a reduction in rank, have some pay taken away, or put on restriction.
This does not work!
Marines do not see this as a threat. Punishments need to be more defined and harsher. These punishments are meant for minor conflicts, not murders.
Even after murders, suicides, and a lifetime of emotional issues some still have a positive view on hazing. Some may say that it is a rite of passage that lifts those who undergo it to a higher physical and mental level or that it creates an unbreakable bond.
Blood pinning is a tradition of getting your flight wings after going through vigorous training. Bernard Trainor, a retired Marine Lieutenant, has said that it was a prideful event and he remembers it fondly. He said taking away hazing is "emasculating" the military. Until he saw a video of more recent blood pinning. "It was brutality that served absolutely no purpose whatsoever". (Gleick)
How this is still a problem
Even after anti-hazing classes, new orders, and punishments were implemented this is this still a growing problem. Young men and women who join still seek for a way to prove themselves to their superiors and to prove their loyalty to their unit.
Fixing the problem.
Human behavior can never be fixed 100% but it can be minimized. The current punishments are not harsh enough, they are not scary enough, and leaders are still participating without being punished.
In order to make these punishments effective violations that lead to suicide or murder should be dishonorable discharged and sentenced to brig time.
Sgt. Kaleb Hurd
Sgt. Hurd explained the most severe punishment that he has seen is a Summary Court Martial. The punishments for court martial is multi-rank reduction, 30 day confinement, forfeiture of pay, or 60 days restriction.
Civilian side of things
Young kids who push other kids to suicide are going to juvenile detention, being charged with felonies, and of course heavy fines. 17 year olds are serving around 10 years in jail.
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