Washington, DC -- Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, earlier this week requested a hearing into the issue of military hazing based on recent reports of incidents at Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Rep. Speier’s request follows her amendment to the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which would help identify and combat hazing in all of the military branches.

“Recent and disturbing media reports have shown, once again, that hazing is a much larger and more pervasive problem than some have been willing to admit. Even more troubling is the fact that we in the federal government still lack a clear understanding of hazing and the military's response to the problem because the Department of Defense has never conducted a basic evaluation or developed a unified system to track these incidents,” Rep. Speier said. “That is unacceptable given the potentially deadly consequences of hazing. For those brave enough to put their lives on the line in service to our country, the very least we can do is ensure that they do not face attacks from within their own ranks.”

Rep. Speier, in a letter to House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry and Ranking Member Adam Smith, asked that the Armed Services Committee or the Military Personnel Subcommittee hold a hearing to provide insight into the extent of the problem in all branches and give the Department of Defense an opportunity to discuss the actions they are taking to prevent further incidents. A copy of Rep. Speier’s letter can be found here.