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Hazing Policy

My policy requires all members of this organization to conduct themselves in a manner that is professional at all times. No member of the Pacific Submarine Force may engage in hazing or consent to acts of hazing being committed upon them. Hazing is contrary to our Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Adherence to Core Values by our Sailors and Civilians is central to our Pacific Submarine Force’s ability to meet our global mission. These values have served us well during war and peacetime.

Hazing is defined as conduct whereby a military member or members, regardless of service or rank, without proper authority causes another military member or members, regardless of service or rank, to suffer or be exposed to any activity which is cruel, abusive, humiliating, oppressive, demeaning, or harmful. Inappropriate behavior or abuse, whether physical or emotional, will not be permitted. In particular, hazing will not be tolerated during training evolutions or ceremonies that commemorate the proud traditions of the Naval Service.

Hazing can include, but is not limited to, the following: playing abusive or ridiculous tricks; threatening or offering violence or bodily harm to another; striking; branding; taping; tattooing; shaving; greasing; painting; requiring excessive physical exercise beyond what is required to meet standards; pinning; tacking on; blood wings; or forcing or requiring the consumption of food, alcohol, drugs, or any other substance.

Responsibilities of All Sailors and Civilians.
All personnel within the Pacific Submarine Force shall enforce this policy through credible leadership and shall not condone or ignore hazing of which they have knowledge or have reason to have knowledge. The Chief of Staff must be informed immediately of any allegation of hazing. Reported incidents of hazing will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with swiftly, fairly, and effectively. If the alleged offense is substantiated, immediate and appropriate administrative action and/or the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Art. 92 (failure to obey a lawful general order) and other UCMJ articles will be taken to remedy the situation. Individuals responding to the incident will maintain confidentiality to the greatest extent possible.

Responsibilities of Senior Leadership.
All Senior Military and Civilians leaders are charged with ensuring the reporting requirements are met, and personnel are educated and trained in the area of hazing, as outlined in SECNAVINST 1610.2A, upon reporting onboard (within 30 days to the extent possible) and annually thereafter.

As Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, I will not tolerate hazing. Proper interaction and behavior of Sailors as well as Civilians helps build and maintain unit cohesion.

 

J. T. JABLON
REAR ADMIRAL, U. S. NAVY