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Hazing captures the historical pages of ancient rites of passage and military tradition. The sounds and images of yelling sergeants beating their fists on the sides of buses full of new recruits serve as a form of psychological intimidation. The goal of such acts of intimidation is to gain immediate control, attention, and respect.

The ultimate purpose is to instill a sense of esprit de corps, bonding, and a military presence in recruits from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Another goal is to turn military “outsiders” into “insiders” through suffering and surviving common hardships as a team. However, fine lines exist between hazing, abuse, and torture. This entry defines hazing and discusses types and consequences of hazing.

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