In a post this morning on his blog, Air Force Major Jonathan C. Dowty, a.k.a. the Christian Fighter Pilot, offers his thoughts on a Wall Street Times article about hazing in the military. Major Dowty even brings up the tragic death of Army Private Danny Chen, the Chinese-American soldier who committed suicide in a guardhouse in Afghanistan after being subjected to months of ethnic slurs and torture by his fellow soldiers.
Then Dowty gives his opinion on “hazing” in the military. This fine Christian officer seems to think that hazing is no big deal, and that service members taking the punishment of other service members into their own hands is completely acceptable.
From Major Dowty’s post, titled Hazing and the US Military
Unmentioned, and probably not understood, is that sometimes what people might consider “hazing” may be the “lesser of two evils” on the parts of the victims. Hypothetically, a Soldier caught in wrongdoing might be given a choice: pay the required official retribution (and get a black mark on your record), or, say, do 1,000 pushups or some other created (but unofficial) punishment. Rather than ruin their career, and acknowledging the fact they were in the wrong, many may choose the “hazing” option.
From an internet source, talking about the very serious issue of falling asleep on guard duty (a crime considered so serious, in some armies death was actually a legitimate punishment, including the American army in the Civil War):
You’re pulling guard. The guy with you takes his shift [while you rest]. A guy you’ve known for a couple a months. Good guy. Good soldier. You pass out, wake up and find him snoozing. Do you report this guy? Take care of it “in house.” Or let it slide?
Cover his a–, then kick his a–.
Illegal? Technically. Common? Likely.
I’m sure the family of Private Danny Chen would be thrilled to know that a field grade officer in our military thinks this type of behavior, which he admits is illegal, is no big deal, and that he equates what happened to Danny with what he sees as nothing more than commonplace hazing.