I reported to my first command/ship after 1.5 years of training in the nuclear pipeline in the Navy. In the first 72 hours of reporting I have experienced assault and battery (my seadad threatened then hit me in the lower part of the back of my head with the wooden handle to a foxtail) violation of UCMJ art 128, I have been told that on Fridays they have this thing called nub wars in which two of the new people have to fight each other (the only reason I wasn't forced to fight this time was the person was on watch) violation of UCMJ art 114, I was harrassed/hazed before I even showed up to my command by my seadad, they tried to make me (but I did not) speak disrespectfully XXXXX XXXXX commissioned officer, I am constantly being fondled and felt-up. Because of the large number of people who have participated or witnessed these events, I do not feel safe bringing any of this to my chain of command, nor do I feel safe at my command. What should I do? I am feeling a lot of anxiety, helplessness and depression due to these events.
nothing due to a lot of my chain of command already being involved and me being fearful of reprisal for bringing these violations of the law to light.
What you describe is as you say unlawful hazing.Such initiations were common throughout the military. Over the last 10 to 20 years such initiations have been banned as unlawful hazing because of the physical dangers and also the bad impact on a persons morale.You can report this to the Navy Inspector General, and at the same time you can tell them you are afraid to report it to your chain of command.
33 years military law experience.
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