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Army didn’t haze–Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon V. Paniza–there is a good reason for those bruises, he says.

THE Army’s 10th Infantry Division denied allegations of hazing as part of recruits’ training.

A video was posted recently on the Internet showing Army’s 9th Infantry Division trainers beating up more than 100 draftees clad only in black short pants. The video also showed whips, punches on recruits’ faces, and kicks on their bodies.

But Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon V. Paniza, spokesperson of the 10th ID and chief of the Army’s 72nd Infantry Battalion, said the videos shows simulation exercises of the soldiers in case they are captured by the New People’s Army (NPA).

“In fact, it was situational and memory training just in case ,,,,” Paniza said.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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