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"Hazing" in Britain: The recruits are beaten and raped

March 16 2005

"Hazing" nabivshaya nauseam Russian society, as it turns out, is not alien to the Western armed forces. In England in the last days of the scandal is gaining momentum associated with the same problem. There is evidence that soldiers were constantly beaten and sexually abused and humiliated. This case has already joined the country's parliament. The public demands to deal with "business recruits."

Start the scandal put a few tragedies: four soldiers, three of whom had served on the basis of Deepcut, Surrey, and one - on the basis of Dreghorn in Edinburgh, died under mysterious circumstances in the period from 1995 to 2001. Re-investigation into the cause of death of soldiers of the Royal Armed Forces of the United Kingdom has caused serious resonance in the society and once again questioned the order and organization in the military ranks.

Age at least two dead soldiers did not exceed 17 years - in the UK operates the lowest in Europe the age limit for recruitment into the army, and under the laws of the young people who have not attained the age of 18 may participate in hostilities.

In the dead soldiers were found with bullet wounds. Then, according to preliminary estimates to officials, the death was a suicide. Subsequently, however, after an independent review of what happened there was another version - new recruits were shot dead colleagues.

The results of the investigation were the basis of a report of inter-party committee of members of British parliament . As reported by members of parliament were established in violation of the behavior of the officers and identified improper relationships with recruits during their service in military units.

Also, the Commission's attention at the initial stage of its work attracted a wealth of evidence that hazing and sexual harassment not only at the Deepcut base, but also in an army training center in the county of Yorkshire. According to Amnesty International, since 1994 there killed 23 soldiers.

In its report, the commission had criticized educational methods used in relation to arriving at the barracks the soldiers, and decided that there should be established an independent commission to review complaints of military personnel.

On the authority of the Committee, in the army for a long time ignored the need to take care of the recruits, saying that for it to meet senior officers and the sergeant. "We found a lack of awareness on the issue of relationships at all levels of the military hierarchy", - said the committee members.

According to the Labour Party Kevin Jones, the army was "a huge credibility problem that must be overcome."

Thus, the commission report is designed to put everything into place, identify gaps and help to remedy the situation which was described as "catastrophic."

Far, not least the commission is concerned, and draws attention to the War Department to draft age men arriving to serve in the armed forces. Families of the deceased soldiers are turning to MPs with a proposal to initiate an open investigation, no hiding from the public. Defence Minister Adam Ingram insisted that everything possible is done to all those responsible have been punished, but states that an independent investigation is unnecessary.

In general, the problem of hazing, as it turns out, is relevant toa href = "" target = "_blank"> any army. Not so long ago, the Austrian soldiers of the armed forces admitted to abuses against conscripts in their training bases. Representatives of the German Bundeswehr is also not deny the existence of the problem. In general, aware of cases of hazing in the four military bases located in Germany. More than 20 officers and sergeants Bundeswehr appear in several cases concerning abuse of authority and the humiliation of conscripts.

It turns out, our armed forces successful in abuses against conscripts by no means alone. We have colleagues in distress. Only this and still find comfort.


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