What is Hazing?
Hazing is defined as any conduct whereby a military member or members, regardless of service or rank, without proper authority causes another military member or members, regardless of service or rank, to suffer or be exposed to any activity which is cruel, abusive, humiliating, oppressive, demeaning, or harmful. Soliciting or coercing another to perpetrate any such activity is also considered hazing. hazing need not be verbal or psychological in nature. Actual or implied consent to acts of hazing does not eliminate the culpability of the perpetrator.
Thank you for the detailed answer. It is helpful.
As I had suspected there's no option for an anonymous complaint and unfortunately I would hate to make his time served worse in any way. It seems that the very system that's in place to protect one's rights also presents many barriers for being heard.
My main concern right now is his mental state when he's deployed and the mention of having a thought of suicide during his last underway is of deepest concern.
What might happen if I contacted the Chaplain myself or his CO? I don't wish to make things worse for my son.
Thank you for the specific advice. I will talk to him today and let him know again that he must speak to the Chaplain (to avoid any calls from me to the CO, etc).
He enjoys his actual job..it's just the existing hazing culture gets overwhelming for him.
Hopefully things will improve for him.
Thank you again for providing such detailed responses...it's a tough call, so I wanted to make sure not to interfere unless absolutely necessary.
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