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A sprawling investigation of abuse at Parris Island, S.C., is underway.

The actions of the drill instructor and instructors like him directly defy the promise of dignity and compassion that the Marines are given.

These men and women choose to train to put their lives at risk for this nation, yet their own trainers lack respect for them.

Training a recruit is different than abusing a recruit. Training, by the very nature of the circumstance it exists  for, must be challenging, both emotionally and physically. However, a challenge is not an abuse. An abuse, on the other hand, is not just an abuse of the recruit, it is an abuse of the position held by the abuser, an abuse of the power granted such a position, an abuse of the dignity that guides their actions, and above all it is an abuse of the nation they represent and fight for.

Even more so, instructors not only train their recruits, they teach them the lessons of respect, loyalty, and brotherhood. Instructors who abuse inadvertently let recruits know that abuse is acceptable, and those receipts go on to abuse late one. It is the beginning of an ending cycle that will continue on as long as there are recruits, soldiers, or just militaries.

Source: Marine drill instructor accused of running a clothes dryer with a Muslim recruit inside

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