The cases against soldiers in C Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, out of Fort Hood, Texas, are the latest in a string of incidents that have highlighted hazing within the ranks.
At least two soldiers — Pvt. Danny Chen and Spc. Brushaun Anderson — and Marine Lance Cpl. Harry Lew are believed to have committed suicide after being hazed by fellow troops.
Eight soldiers in Chen’s unit have been charged in connection with his death; all the cases are still pending. In Anderson’s death, the battery commander, first sergeant, platoon sergeant and squad leader were found to be responsible for his maltreatment, but none of the soldiers was charged with a crime, according to Stars and Stripes. Two Marines were acquitted of hazing Lew while a third pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
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