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New Reports Document Hazing At Both Marine Corps Recruit Depots
Since 2014, two drill instructors at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in California have been disciplined for hazing Marine Recruits, according to copies of the investigation obtained by Schogol.
One hazing incident involved a drill instructor choking six recruits between June and July of 2015. A recruit told an investigator that he was grabbed by the throat and picked up, forcing him to stand on his toes to breathe. The event left the recruit feeling paranoid, unfocused and depressed, according to Military Times. Five days after the incident, the recruit told another drill instructor and was sent to the hospital for a mental health screening and evaluation, writes Schogol. The drill instructor involved has since been administratively separated from the Marine Corps, according to the Times.
In another incident, a drill instructor received nonjudicial punishment and was removed from training duties, after he ordered recruits into the shower, some naked and others clothed, and told them to cram into one side — an order at boot camp commonly referred to as going “nuts to butts.”
In a Twitter post on May 3, Lamothe posted a partial copy of the investigation, in which one recruit described being stuck in a crowd of more than 40 fully or partially nude trainees in graphic detail.
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) May 3, 2017
Afterward, recruits expressed mixed feelings about the incident; some said they felt uncomfortable with the skin-on-skin contact, while some said it wasn’t intentional, and others didn’t think it “was a big deal,” according to the Post.
“During the incident I felt uncomfortable and like I was not a man, because it was humiliating,” one recruit said in an interview, according to the Post. “I know I would never let something like this happen if I was in control of the situation.”
On a questionnaire from the Marine Corps’ Criminal Investigative Division obtained by Military Times, another recruit wrote that the drill instructors’ “treatment did not affect” him in “a significant way,” adding that “it is boot camp and the yelling and craziness is something that comes with it.”
The news comes just a day after the Post published a story on hazing at Parris Island, South Carolina, which revealed that in one extreme case, a recruit suffered severe chemical burns after he was ordered to exercise on a bleach-covered floor and forced to remain in his wet uniform.
The recruit’s burns were so severe he needed skin grafts to his buttocks; medical examiners told him the incident had “liquefied” his skin.
Editor's Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.
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SAN DIEGO —The Marines say changes in the way they train recruits and their notoriously hard-nosed drill instructors have led to fewer incidents of drill instructor misconduct, officials told the Union-Tribune.
Their statement about training followed an Oct. 5 Washington Post report revealing that more than 20 Marines at the San Diego boot camp have been disciplined for misconduct since 2017, including cases of physical attacks and racist and homophobic slurs. The story also was published in the Union-Tribune.