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Multiple Hazing Charges Against U.S. Marine Drill Instructors Confirmed

Drill instructor (U.S. Marines/Flickr)
May 01, 2017

According to Marine Corps officials at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina, 12 of the 24 counts of hazing charges stemming as far back as 2014 have been confirmed. The Beaufort Gazette reported that information received through a public records request shows that all four training battalions were listed in the complaints, to include 4th battalion, in which all female Marines are trained.

Many of the most severe cases in which several personnel were even recommended to be sent to court-martial evolved out of 3rd recruit training battalion (RTB). This is the same battalion in which recruit Raheel Siddiqui, the Muslim recruit from Michigan who fell to his death from the third story of his barracks, came from. His death, among other incidents of hazing that came out following his death, sparked widespread investigations into the way that recruits are treated at MCRD. When the investigation concluded, many Drill Instructors had been put forward to be reprimanded, although to date Marine Corps officials have not said who and what those punishments are or were.

Drill instructors have, in the past, been notoriously tough on Marine recruits. Many movies depict this cruel nature, such as the drill instructor played by R. Lee Ermey in the Vietnam War era film “Full Metal Jacket.” This, however, has raised questions throughout the Marines and the general public about how much is “too much.”