U.S. Marines – United States Marine Corps

Is abuse tolerated in the Marines?

Will I be physically abused during Recruit Training?
No. Physical abuse is absolutely not tolerated. A full-time medic (Navy Corpsman) is assigned to every platoon in Recruit Training and is always on hand to ensure that all precautions are taken to maintain the safety and health of recruits in training.

3 Comments for this entry

  • c Allen

    Is harassment and hazing or directly verbally abusing a junior officer tolerated ? The senior officer has been asked repeatedly to cease and desist. He refuses.

    • admin

      Hazing is not permitted in the U.S. Marines. MARINE CORPS ORDER 1700.28 prohibits hazing. It reads:

      4. Policy. Hazing is prohibited. No Marine, or service member attached
      to a Marine command, including Marine detachments, may engage
      in hazing or consent to acts of hazing being committed upon them. No
      one in a supervisory position may, by act, word, or omission, condone
      or ignore hazing if he or she knows or reasonably should have known
      that hazing may occur. Consent to hazing is not a defense to
      violating this Order. Any violation, attempted violation, or
      solicitation of another to violate this order, subjects involved
      members to disciplinary action under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of
      Military Justice (UCMJ). This Order does not prevent charging those
      who have engaged in acts of hazing under other applicable UCMJ
      articles to include, but not limited to Article 80 (attempts), Article
      81 (conspiracy), Article 93 (cruelty and maltreatment), Article 124
      (maiming), Article 128 (assault), Article 133 (conduct unbecoming an
      officer and gentleman) and Article 134 (indecent assault, drunk and
      disorderly conduct, and/or solicitation). This Order is a lawful
      general order and is effective immediately without further

      Hazing is defined to include verbal abuse as follows:

      Hazing is defined as any conduct whereby one military member,
      regardless of Service or rank, causes another military member,
      regardless of Service or rank, to suffer or be exposed to an activity
      which is cruel, abusive, humiliating, or oppressive. Hazing includes,
      but is not limited to, any form of initiation or congratulatory act
      that involves physically striking another to inflict pain, piercing
      another’s skin in any manner, verbally berating another, encouraging
      another to excessively consume alcohol, or encouraging another to
      engage in illegal, harmful, demeaning or dangerous acts. Soliciting
      or coercing another to participate in 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.

      Do note the following exception though:

      b. Hazing does not include mission or operational activities;
      the requisite training to prepare for such missions or operations;
      administrative corrective measures; extra military instruction as
      defined in the reference; command authorized physical training;
      authorized incentive training permitted at the Marine Corps Recruit
      Depots; and other similar activities authorized by the chain of

  • c Allen

    I ‘ve looked on several marine corps sites and the only thing that comes up is sexual harassment.

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