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Hazing in the U.S. Armed Forces: recommendations for hazing prevention policy and practice

Hazing in the U.S. Armed Forces: recommendations for hazing prevention policy and practice

Keller, Kirsten M

"Initiation activities have long been part of U.S. military culture as a way to mark significant transitions, status changes, and group membership. However, along with these activities have often come acts of hazing, in which individuals were subjected to abusive and harmful treatment that went beyond sanctioned ceremonies. In recent years, extreme cases of alleged hazing have led to the high-profile deaths of several service members, resulting in renewed interest from the public and Congress in seeing these hazing rituals eliminated from military culture. The Department of Defense (DoD) asked RAND to examine and provide recommendations on current hazing policy and practices across the services. To do so, the researchers examined current DoD and service-specific policy, practices, and data collection related to hazing; reviewed the scientific literature and interviewed leading experts in the field; and reviewed existing DoD incident tracking databases. This report addresses ways to improve the armed forces' definition of hazing, the effects of and motivations for hazing, how the armed forces can prevent and respond to hazing, and how the armed forces can improve the tracking of hazing incidents"--Publisher's description

eBook, Paperback, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2015

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Statement of responsibility: Kirsten M. Keller, Miriam Matthews, Kimberly Curry Hall, William Marcellino, Jacqueline A. Mauro, Nelson Lim
ISBN: 0833090305, 9780833090300
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Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: 1 online resource
Subject: HISTORY Military Other.; Military offenses United States.; United States Armed Forces Military life.; Bullying United States.; BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Workplace Culture.; Soldiers United States Social conditions.; TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.; Hazing Government policy United States.
Alternative Title: Recommendations for hazing prevention policy and practice
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  1. Preface
  2. Summary
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Abbreviations
  5. Chapter One: Introduction
  6. Chapter Two: Defining Hazing
  7. Chapter Three: The Effects of and Motivations for Hazing
  8. Chapter Four: Preventing and Responding to Hazing in the Armed Forces
  9. Chapter Five: Understanding the Prevalance and Characteristics of Hazing Incidents
  10. Chapter Six: Conclusions and Recommendations
  11. Appendixes: A. Overview of Study Methodology
  12. B.A Case Study in Hazing Reform
  13. C. Coding of Service-Level Hazing Prevention Training and Education
  14. References.