events are the basis of the Navys Core ValuesHonor,
Courage, and Commitment. Graduations, chiefs
initiations, and crossing-the-line ceremonies are used to
celebrate and recognize the achievements of individual
Sailors, Marines, or entire units. However, hazing
behavior (behavior that is degrading, embarrassing, or
causes injuries) is illegal.
DEFINITION OF 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 involve physical contact among or between military
members; it can be verbal or psychological in nature.
Actual or implied consent to acts of hazing does not
eliminate the culpability of the perpetrator.
Hazing can include, but is not limited to, the
following types of activities:
Playing abusive or ridiculous tricks
Threatening or offering violence or bodily harm
Requiring excessive physical exercise beyond
what is required to meet standards
Pinning, tacking on, blood wings
Forcing or requiring the consumption of food,
alcohol, drugs, or any other substance
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY (DoN)
POLICY ON HAZING
The DoNs policy is as follows:
Hazing is prohibited and will not be tolerated.
No service member in the DoN may engage in
hazing or agree to be hazed.
No commander or supervisor may, by act, word,
deed, or omission condone (agree to) or ignore
hazing if they know or reasonably should have
known, that hazing may or did occur.
It is the responsibility of every Sailor and Marine
to make sure that hazing does not occur. Every
service member is responsible to make the
appropriate authorities aware of hazing
Commanders or individuals in supervisory
positions are responsible for making sure that all
ceremonies and initiations conducted within
their organizations or commands comply with
Supervisory personnel must make sure that
s e r v i c e
m e m b e r s
p a r t i c i p a t i n g
command-authorized ceremonies, initiations,
and other activities are treated with dignity and
respect during these events.
Reprisal actions against any victim or witness of
hazing incidents are strictly prohibited.
REVIEW 6 QUESTIONS
Q1. All naval personnel should be treated equally and
be given equal opportunities. What program
does the Navy use to achieve this purpose?
Q2. Who provides guidance and policy for the