posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 06:56 PM
I know half a dozen people who have experienced hazing in the military. None of their stories are at all horrific, except one. A NAVY friend of mine
experienced some of the worst hazing I’ve ever heard of. Drinking out of toilets, being held under water, beatings, and being forced to act like
someone’s dog and slave for a day. These were all fairly recent events too; they were hazed or witnessed hazing between 2002 and 2006. The worst of
the hazing occurred on ships during the Davy Jones tradition that happens while a naval ship crosses the equator.
I’m against hazing because I don’t think most people in those positions have the self control it takes to haze harmlessly with out getting carried
away. There is a huge difference between picking on the lower ranking guys a little and making them perform task that put pressure on them to build
character and brutally demeaning people while causing psychological and physical harm. That kind of hazing can risk death and extreme psychological
I’m not startled to hear that hazing seems to be still secretly rampant in the military, it does however concern me to hear stories of brutal hazing
like the accounts I mentioned; especially when some of my NAVY friends defend these actions as being part of a tradition. Well that may be so, but the
sadistic nature involved in the tradition is inappropriate and completely wrong.
I’m curious how people on ATS feel about this issue. If you’ve served have you experienced hazing? Do you think it is a big deal? Do you think
those who remain silent should speak out when they see this type of hazing occurring and report it? Do you think being ostracized for reporting it or
refusing to take part in it is worse than hazing?
Good article I found on hazing, goes over some of the personal experiences people have had in the NAVY with hazing, including a fatal occurrence in
If you think hazing is Ok, think again! This is not OK and is an attitude that needs to change … Hazing in any form, under any circumstance,
has no place in our Navy by Ken Testorff
A young Navy airman recruit entered service in 1987, excited about completing the Navy's SAR School that candidates must take to become a rescue
swimmer. A few months later, though, in what some described as an illegal hazing incident, the Sailor died when he ran out of strength and air, with
instructors allegedly holding him underwater. The other members of his class, meanwhile, were ordered to turn around and place their backs to the
pool, then sing the national anthem while standing at attention.