"Tradition in the Marine Corps has nothing whatsoever to do with hurting or humiliating each other. It has everything to do with Marines exhibiting mutual respect, a strength of character, and a willingness to sacrifice for one another."
- General Krulak, 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps
As defined in MCO 1700.28B, "hazing" is 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. Soliciting or coercing
another to perpetrate any such activity is also considered hazing.
Hazing is contrary to our core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment and is prejudicial
to good order and discipline. It is contrary to our ethos of "taking care of our own."
Hazing is also unlawful and it will not be tolerated.
I charge all leaders in the chain of command to ensure that all Marines and Sailors are
treated with dignity, care, and respect and to be ever vigilant for signs of hazing within our
It is every Marine and Sailor’s responsibility to ensure hazing does not occur in any
form at any level.
No Marine, Sailor or service member in our Battalion will engage in hazing or consent to
acts of hazing being committed upon them. No one in a supervisory position will, by act,
word, or omission, condone or ignore hazing if they know or reasonably should have known
that hazing has or might occur. Consent to hazing is not a defense to violating this policy.
Reprisal actions against any victims or witnesses of hazing incidents are also strictly
Any violation, attempted violation, or solicitation of another to commit hazing may subject
involved members to adverse administrative or disciplinary action under the Uniform Code of
G. D. THOMPSON
Lieutenant Colonel, USMC
Commanding Officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 11