ABUSE BY DRILL INSTRUCTORS
Along about July I was called to my attention that several drill instructors were to stand court marshall for abusing recruits. Since my grandson had just went active in July I have followed the case as closely as possible. In last Sundays paper a small article appeared in which the verdict of one Sgt. was relieved and the findings of the second told.
A Sgt. Jarrod Glass had been found guilty of striking recruits with a tent pole and a heavy flashlight, he also forced one recruit to jump into a trash can head first then pushed him farther into the can.
His verdict was eight counts of cruelty and maltreatment of recruits, destruction of personal property, assault and violating orders on how to properly treat recruits.
Sgt. Glass was sentenced to six months in the brig, a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and reduction in rank to private.
A second Sgt. Brian Wendel was found not guilty of abuse but convicted of failing to report abuses committed by others. He was also found guilty of drinking beer in the drill instructors offices while off duty.
He faces a maximum sentence of a year in the brig, a dishonorable discharge and reduction in rank to private. His sentence was to have imposed this last Monday, but I have not seen any thing further in the paper.
A third Sgt. is awaiting charges and court marshal.
When I was first made aware of these charges in July the news paper article stated that a Marine Corps source stated that a average of six abuse cases are investigated each year. The source also stated that every effort is made to weed out these abusive Drill Instructors, as these Kids are at their mercy and are trained t view these men as gods, and are powerless when faced with this type of behavior.
Now here is where I have my gripe, I visit several web sites that are Marine Corps related. Every time something like this surfaces, there are always a few individuals who rush in and scream WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO MY CORPS? the mothers of America are ruining the Corps by interfering with the Marine Corps Boot Camp. back in my day we——.
Crap back in my day 50+ years ago you could not beat the hell out of a recruit then without discipline. Any action that places a young man at risk for injury is not allowed. A damaged recruit is of no use to anyone. Sure we were pushed to the limit and then past it but we were not hurt.
The other thing I often see is, keep these damn civilians out of the Marine Corps workings. These Sgt.s were tried by a Marine Corps Court Marshal convened and juried by Marine Corps Officers who know Marine Corps Law. There is no civilian interface involved.
I was just over on one of my favorite sites tonight and read a article by a man who just attended his grandsons graduation from boot camp in San Diego and he was decrying how easy his grandson had it in boot camp and whether they were turning out Marines as good as in his day fifty years ago. He needs to sit down with his grandson and learn what he has absorbed in his thirteen weeks of training. It was a eye opener for me I too felt that boot camp was softer than in MY DAY. A term the old guys like to use. My grandson learned more in his thirteen weeks than I ever did. their first-aid training is out standing and they ran farther than we did and Lord we did not even have any hand-to-hand teaching at all they had forty hours of it.
No it is right that we give these kids to protection they need, we are not making boot camp soft by weeding out abusers. In every organization there are abusers, be it Police, or any area of authority there are some bad apples even in marriage. Hell look it it we are afraid to let our children walk down the street any more. So when we send our young people off to train to defend our country we need to know that we are trusting them ot people of high quality and trust. Do not get me wrong I hold the Marine Corps Drill Instructor in high regard. Hell a couple I know had a hand in making me the man I am today. Their job is hard and demanding and they often are hated but the respect that a Marine has for his Instructor later in life if legendary.
OK time to get of the soap box for now.