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Author: sonofed Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 95866  
Subject: Re: Hazing Date: 11/11/2013 5:09 PM
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Boot camp isn't designed to encourage bonding. It's meant to get the recruit to do what he is told without question. In combat that could mean the difference between life and death

I disagree. Boot camp is about teaching a bunch of individuals to put team and mission ahead of self. That requires a sense of belonging to something larger than ones self and the development of strong bonds between soldiers.

In the absence of those bonds, it's nearly impossible to compel obedience outside of peacetime. You can train people on the importance of obedience until they drop but in a combat situation, the officer or NCO is just one guy and if he's the only thing standing between a soldier under fire and safety, well, things can get ugly. If running away means abandoning your buddies and losing their respect, you're a lot more likely to stick around and obey the order.

Regarding the other question, I think the reason most hazing is "negative" is that shared adversity builds bonds stronger and faster than shared enjoyment.

Steve
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