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Marines Work to End Epidemic of ‘Cruel, Abusive’ Hazing at Camp Pendleton

The Marine Corps crackdown on an epidemic of hazing at Camp Pendleton now includes at least one court-martial decision.

An image release by the U.S. Marines in 2012 shows troops during an anti-hazing seminar.

An image release by the U.S. Marines in 2012 shows troops during an anti-hazing seminar.

Cpl. K.D. Lee of Camp Pendleton’s 7th Engineer Support Battalion of the 1st Marine Logistic Group pleaded guilty recently at summary court-martial to belittling and berating a subordinate, according to Marine spokesman 1st Lt. Adam B. Miller.

“Hazing is contradictory to our core values of honor, courage and commitment and is prejudicial to good order and discipline,” Miller said by email. “Hazing violates our‎ institutional character and disrespects our most precious asset — our‎ Marines and sailors. Hazing is absolutely not tolerated in the Marine Corps.”

Lee had been accused of inflicting “cruel, abusive, humiliating, oppressive, demeaning or harmful” treatment on a junior enlisted Marine on April 6, according to a charge sheet obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act.