From the Background: "Initiation customs have long been part of the culture in the United States Armed Forces as a method to welcome new members and mark rites of passage. However, several high-profile incidents have raised congressional concern that some of these traditions may subject service members to harmful or humiliating acts. Hazing may pose a threat to trust, cohesion, safety, and the health of members of the Armed Forces. Congress has oversight of this issue under Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which grants Congress the authority to raise and support armies, provide and maintain a navy, and to make rules relevant to their organization and discipline. Therefore, an understanding of the context of this issue and recent actions taken to counteract it may help Congress decide whether to address hazing in the military through oversight and legislation."
CRS In Focus, IF10948
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