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Why military hazing can be counterproductive: a letter in today’s New York Times

From the New York Times:

As a forensic psychiatrist, I read with great interest [the op-ed by] Judy Chu (Op-Ed, Aug. 4). I have been a consultant to the Veterans Administration for decades and have examined hundreds of veterans.

What Ms. Chu describes is traumatization as a means of improving the military performance of a soldier. The hazing procedure is not only cruel but also counterproductive. The performance of an individual who has been so traumatized that he will inevitably develop post-traumatic stress disorder will not improve but dramatically decline.

EMANUEL TANAY
Ann Arbor, Mich.,

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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