A young acquaintance of mine in the Marines just got busted down a rank, forfeited pay, and got punished in several other ways for suggesting, perhaps drunkenly, to a subordinate that he beat up one of his subordinates as a way of initiating him into a group. The Marines say that this was “hazing,” which is against the rules, and therefore dishonorable.
Of course, the Marines, and in fact all the branches of the armed forces, are not against hazing per se, at all. Rather, they just want to make sure that all the hazing is official and approved. They call it “boot camp.”
Ask anyone in the military what they went through at boot camp, and ask yourself, if a college Fraternity did the same thing to them, would it be considered “hazing?”
The Marines gave this young man a model of hazing when he first joined, and now they’re surprised he copied it.
On the upside, he was going to re-up his commission soon, and there is now “no way in hell” he’s doing that.