U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker

The vigorous Twitter response to the recent piece “There’s A Reason For All That Hazing And Ass-Chewing, And We Shouldn’t Ignore It” highlighted a need to disentangle a few types of unprofessional behavior that seem to be getting conflated in discussions and also to answer Tom’s question about how widespread support of hazing is in the military.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Dana Beesley

Because I suspect that support for hazing is a lot more widespread in the military than people recognize, and I wanted to get a discussion of hazing on the table.

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Luke Flowers argued on Friday in this column that we need less babying of our junior enlisted ranks. “We need to empower our junior NCO’s and junior enlisted to make jokes so that when they have to go pick up someone else’s cadavers they can laugh afterward,” the retired Army lieutenant claimed.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Dana Beesley

Editor's Note: The headline of this article has been changed to more accurately reflect the author's viewpoint.

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The Marine Corps is investigating claims of hazing involving members of the Silent Drill Platoon, Corps officials announced on Tuesday.

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