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New Hazing Objections: a fight to the Finnish
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The Finnish Conscripts’ Union is urging the Defence Forces to adopt a tougher line against hazing. The union says hazing should result in a loss of military rank or dismissal. According to the Defence Forces, the military does not tolerate hazing.

Jyrki Iivonen, the director for public policy at the Defence Ministry, says hazing is inexcusable and unacceptable in all circumstances. Furthermore, he says intervention occurs immediately when cases of hazing surface.

But according to the union, the military’s views on hazing need to be delivered to the troops. Harri Sieppi, the union’s chair, says the policy of no tolerance has not reached the barracks.

The union says it wants concrete examples warning against hazing. The union adds that it hopes hazing, like drug use, will not be tolerated whatsoever.

On Thursday the union meets with the Defence Forces commander at its annual meeting. Hazing is among the topics to be discussed.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; 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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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