The Persistence of Hazing in the Military
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Some organizations around the world have established and practiced rituals that go beyond the organizations written guideline. These rituals are used to enforce discipline and screen potential new members. Unfortunately, these rituals often cross the line into hazing. Hazing has become a significant problem in the US military. Hazing not only degrades morale and disciple but also affects training and readiness. There has been a significant amount of research done in the civilian community in the hope of understanding the scope of hazing that is happening within universitys fraternities, sororities, and athletic teams. However, there is no pertinent data regarding military hazing incidents. Hazing is a social problem that has continuously plagued the military. Each branch of the US military has strict Anti-hazing policies and requires documented annual training. Throughout their military careers, service members will abide by regulations and attend this training. However, sometimes they instinctively revert back to their learned behavior and submit to the group thinking phenomenon.
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