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January 26, 2006

You think the American Army has trouble getting good recruits?

Well, one thing is for sure. GIs don't get their balls amputated after they have been beaten to a pulp!

Military prosecutors and top officers on Thursday pledged a thorough inquiry into one of the most brutal hazing incidents in the Russian military in years — an 18-year-old soldier whose legs and genitals had to be amputated because of beatings and torture by fellow servicemen.

In all my years in the Army, I never even heard of hazing. Even at the service academies, verbal abuse is about the worst that ever happens.

According to official statistics, 16 soldiers died of hazing last year, but experts say the actual number of deaths is much higher, with many conscripts driven to suicide by abuse and other bullying deaths passed off as resulting from illnesses.

The Defense Ministry said 276 servicemen killed themselves in 2005, but didn't offer any details.


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