Alleged Marine Corps hazing incident was a real ballsy move

Phil Briggs
July 31, 2019 - 12:38 pm
Marines with the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon execute their “long line” sequence.

Photo by Lance Cpl. James Bourgeois


Pounding the “blood stripe” into the legs of newly minted corporals and “tacking on” wings or other rank insignia are just a few of the traditions we’ve heard about in the United States Marine Corps.

But recently a few Marines have taken initiation rituals to a whole new level of ballbusting -- literally.

The Marine Corps Times recently reported that a corporal assigned to the Silent Drill Platoon out of the Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. is facing a variety of charges including: conspiracy to commit abusive sexual contact and assault, related to what appears to be a hazing ritual.

According to documents obtained by the Times, the report described how a corporal allegedly assisted another individual in placing a “topical pain relief medication” on the testicles of a fellow Marine. The reports describe how, under the corporal’s orders, the Marine was held down on a bed, while someone removed his pants and another “applied” the topical medication to the family jewels.

The United States Marine Corps holds an Evening Parade at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., May 10, 2019
Photo by Lisa Ferdinando

The documents obtained by The Marine Corps Times did not reveal the number of people involved or the names of the victims.

“The bottom line is hazing will not be tolerated at Marine Barracks Washington,” said D.C. Marine spokeswoman Capt. Katie Kochert. “Any allegations are investigated with impartiality, fairness, and urgency, and then appropriately adjudicated. The commanding officer has proven that he doesn’t take hazing allegations lightly, and he’s created an environment where Marines can feel comfortable reporting prohibited activities.”

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