Hazing During Combat Training at the Service Academies

B-159219: Mar 21, 1975

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GAO was asked to review the extent of "hazing" and the amount of combat training at the service academies and the number of graduates on active duty with combat assignments.

GAO found that hazing of cadets and midshipmen is prohibited by law, and harassment is prohibited by academy policy. Academy officials told GAO that, although some activities permitted under their fourth class (freshman) systems may be perceived as harassment by cadets and midshipmen, the systems are training programs designed to develop character and self-discipline in the fourth classmen through activities which place them under stress. GAO felt that the term "combat training" and who participates in it should be answered in a more broad context and that laws and policies which discuss hazing and harassment should be adhered to more strictly.

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