ERIC Number: ED353902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
DOD Service Academies: More Changes Needed To Eliminate Hazing. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of National Security and International Affairs.
This study sought to review the extent of hazing at the three Department of Defense (DOD) service academies, the actions taken by the academies to control and eliminate hazing, and the impact of hazing on cadets and midshipmen. The three academies studied were the Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland), the Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Colorado), and the Military Academy (West Point, New York). Reviewed for the study were academy rules and regulations, historical accounts of the academies, studies related to hazing or the operation of the indoctrination system, and files and disciplinary cases involving hazing and related offenses. The study also involved interviews and questionnaires with academy officials, faculty and cadets and midshipmen. The study found that some of the difficulty lay with understanding the distinction between legitimate indoctrination and hazing. However, the study also found that some forms of hazing continue to occur including verbal harassment; that academies rarely charge students with hazing; that recent changes in the entering student system have had some positive effect; and that exposure to hazing is related to negative student outcomes. The report offers recommendations designed to decrease and eventually eliminate hazing within the services. Three appendixes contain comments from the DOD, description of the questionnaire methodology, and a list of major contributors to the report. (JB)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Colleges, Hazing, Higher Education, Interviews, Military Schools, Military Training, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first copy free, additional copies $2 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of National Security and International Affairs.