Military Hazing

American Voices ISSUE 31•05 Feb 12, 1997

The U.S. military has come under fire for hazing recently, most notably for a controversial videotape depicting Marines "pinning" new recruits, stabbing medals into their chests. What do you think?

  • “After being cruelly hazed at Fort Bragg, I was so emotionally shattered I could barely bomb Iraq.”

    Andy Wojcinski –
    Sergeant

  • “Hazing is an important part of joining any exclusive group. Why, you wouldn't believe the hazing you have to go through to get into the 'Nurses Buried In My Backyard' group.”

    Pete Pappas –
    Librarian

  • “As the wife of a Marine, I think that hazing is understandable. Especially when I make bad meatloaf.”

    Shelley Thaler –
    Homemaker

  • “Here in the U.S. Armed Forces, we're proud to say that today's mistreated recruits are tomorrow's sociopathic loners.”

    Linda Fallon –
    Lieutenant

  • “I'm in the Army, and I've had my head held underwater in a toilet until almost drowning more times before 9 a.m. than most people do all day.”

    Orson Brock –
    Private First Class

  • “I was tied down, whipped and penetrated anally by four young men. Military? No, I was never in the military, why do you ask?”

    Nate Schneider –
    Systems Analyst