Battling the Storm Within

Monday, October 10, 2016

Ex-Marine Describes Violent Hazing and the Lies That Covered It Up

Thomas Weaver, a top-notch recruit who was expelled from the Marines, said drill instructors singled out minority recruits they disliked for extra hazing. Credit Charlotte Kesl for The New York Times

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. — In Marine Corps boot camp, Thomas Weaver learned to endure punches, kicks and choking by drill instructors in the Third Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island, S.C. When one instructor repeatedly bashed his head against a doorway, he kept quiet and acted as if it were no big deal. But what he eventually could not take was the lying that covered up the abuse.


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