Hazing in the Military Essay

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Along with many other so called traditions in this world hazing is one behavior that has just gotten out of control. With the way the world is today, and how long hazing has been going on I believe it will never be stopped. Hazing is involved in so many things in this world. There are some groups out there that people have to go through tasks just for applying. Then after if he or she makes it in there are more tests and tasks to go through. It goes on in sports, colleges, the military and plenty of other team groups. I personally do not think it is all that bad, to a certain extent. When the actions turn to abuse rather than tasks that is when it becomes wrong. In the military I completely believe it is an O.K. thing to do,
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government. High ranked officials in the military claim there is a zero tolerance for hazing, but that clearly is not the case; “Despite top brass claims that the blood pinning of Marine paratroopers isn’t tolerated, hazing occurs in every branch of the U.S. Military”. In a lot of the stories I read it was said that officials on base at the time of the events knew what was going on. Clearly some of those so called moral soldiers look the other way when it comes to certain things. They obviously have no problem with hazing and in some cases abuse. I agree with them on the hazing part, I think hazing rituals should be allowed in the military. Some people say that it builds character and a strong sense of belonging. Although I have never experienced any extreme hazing rituals I think it does build character and helps people understand their boundaries, which is a good thing to know. My only experiences with hazing have just been carrying the baseball equipment on my high school baseball team. I along with other freshmen at the time had to carry the balls, bag of bats and helmets and seed bucket pretty much every day. We had to because we were the freshmen, and the upper class-men had had their turn being the “team bitches”. I honestly think that helped me realize how important teamwork and discipline is. One of the biggest reasons people believe hazing is alright is because it enhances discipline.

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