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Bundeswehr launches investigation into hazing

DPA/The Local · 10 Feb 2010, 08:36

Published: 10 Feb 2010 08:36 GMT+01:00

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A young soldier who trained at the camp in Mittenwald, Bavaria has come forward to describe hazing that included recruits being forced to drink alcohol until they were sick, eat raw pig liver, and conduct climbing exercises in the nude before their fellow soldiers, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

Germany’s military commissioner Reinhold Robbe was informed of the incidents and how soldiers were forced to take part in the dares to better their position in the camp.

“The rituals were performed among the ranks,” a spokesperson from the Mittenwald base confirmed with news agency DPA, adding that the senior recruits expected younger ones to take part “to prove they were real mountain soldiers.”

The spokesperson went on to say that several guilty parties had been named in an investigation that began in early February, though some no longer belonged to the military.

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who served himself at the Mittenwald camp during his military training, told broadcaster ZDF that he wanted to see “clarification, stoppage and consequences enacted.”

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Meanwhile Robbe said he believed the report points to similar problems of a larger dimension within the Bundeswehr.

“If these rituals are connected to bodily harm, or when recruits under the special protection of their superiors were mishandled, the there will be no tolerance,” Robbe told ZDF. “Then everything must be revealed."

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

14:25 February 10, 2010 by mixxim
While German youth continues to drink until sick, the recruits can blame someone else. Who paid for the booze? Can I join?
15:57 February 10, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
The Gebirgsjäger are elite troops; you can't seriously expect that there won't be some level of initiation hazing, can you?
18:40 February 10, 2010 by auniquecorn
(The Gebirgsjäger are elite troops)

Ya, we got 150 armed and dangerous taliban attacking a fuel truck, We need Back-up.
04:54 February 11, 2010 by wenddiver
Sounds like fun.
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