Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Coast Guard Hazing

The Navy Times reports that seven crew members of the cutter Venturous have been punished for hazing fellow Coast Guardsmen.  The Coast Guard started investigating after two former crew members came forward with allegations of hazing. According to a Coast Guard spokesman quoted in the article, crew members were “tied down, stripped, coated in foreign substances and called derogatory names,” with “inappropriate sexual contact” in some cases. The seven Venturous crew members considered the “most culpable” were convicted at court-martial, according to a press release, and other crew members received administrative punishments.   The article provides the sentences.