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: playing abusive or ridiculous tricks; threatening or offering violence or bodily harm to another; striking; branding;
taping; tattooing; shaving; greasing; painting; requiring excessive physical exercise beyond what is required to meet standards; “pinning”; “tacking on”; “blood wings”; or forcing or requiring the consumption of food, alcohol, drugs, or any other substance.
Hazing does not include command-authorized or operational activities; the requisite training to prepare for such missions or operations; administrative corrective measures;
extra military instruction; athletics events, command-authorized physical training, contests or competitions and other similar activities that are authorized by the chain of command.
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