Re: JLTC/scout punishment
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 13 Aug 1995 17:59:15 -0400
I agree with you that this was pure and simple hazing.
My intent was to communicate that the close order drill and punishment
was both unnecssary and hazing. Sorry to have used poor construction.
I like the idea of turning this into a learning experience - evaluation.
But for sure, action needs to be taken in Council to make sure that
similar activity does not occur again. Scouts are there for the promise
of excitement and adventure, not for punishment.
I can also tell you from my tour with the Naval Inspector General that
while punative physical training is sometimes warranted, the Navy takes a
dim view of those who abuse or use it to excess; e.g., when health
and safety are endangered.
Those leaders who argue that it worked in the military, may well be the
ones that the military decided it could do without.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City