Wednesday, February 24, 2010

German military hazes

A while back, I wrote here that German does not have a word for "hazing" and that that was one of the things I like about this country.

In the interest of fairness, I should point out that the German military is now in the news for hazing, which is called "Initiationsrituale" (essentially "initiation rites"). It seems that soldiers have been made to drink excessive amounts of alcohol, crawl under chairs, and eat raw liver until they throw up. Some were also closed up in their own lockers and forced to sing. For the worse thing, follow that link.

Pretty bad, but have a look at what went on recently in the US military here and here.

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