article 92

article 92



Military customs and traditions
have long been an integral part of
the Navy and Marine Corps.
Graduations, chiefs’ initiations,
“crossing-the-line” ceremonies,
and others are meant to celebrate
and recognize the achievements of
individual Sailors or Marines or of
entire units.

Core Values
Hazing is contrary to our Core Values of Honor,
Courage, and Commitment. Adherence to Core
Values by our Sailors and Marines is central to
the DON’s ability to meet its global mission.
These values have served the sea services well
during war and peacetime. They are our guiding
principles for treating every Sailor and Marine
with dignity and respect and as a valued
member of the Navy and Marine Corps team.

Servicemembers must be able to
work together, building–up,
encouraging, and supporting their
Hazing is degrading, embarrassing,
and/or injurious as well as
unprofessional and illegal.
Hazing degrades/diminishes the
ability of the victim(s) to function.

Hazing is defined as any conduct
whereby a military member or
members, regardless of service or
rank, without proper authority
causes another military member or
members, regardless of service or
rank, to suffer or be exposed to any
activity which is cruel, abusive,
humiliating, oppressive, demeaning,
or harmful.

Hazing need not involve physical
contact among or between
military members; it can be verbal
or psychological in nature. Actual
or implied consent to acts of
hazing does not eliminate the
culpability of the perpetrator.

Hazing does not include:
 command-authorized or operational activities
 the requisite training to prepare for such

missions or operations
 administrative corrective measures
 extra military instruction
 athletics events, command-authorized physical
training, contests or competitions and other
similar activities that are authorized...

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