A Marine recruit committed suicide on March 18, 2016. His Battalion at Parris Island subjected him to physical and verbal abuse. As a result of Raheel Siddiqui’s death, the Marine Corps launched multiple investigations, and on September 8, released the findings.
The Marines completed the inquiry, stated the U.S. Marines Twitter page, and it took Maj. Gen. James Lukeman six months. The report for the study left out Siddiqui’s name but did seem to describe his death.
Siddiqui, 20, perished by falling 40 feet down a stairwell. The recruit’s family attorney stated that they too had suspected some type of harassment.
The Marine Corps has now fired 20 officers and leaders at Perris Island. The three most senior Marines from Siddiqui’s battalion included. In addition to being terminated, the facility could submit the offenders to counseling. They could be court-martialed, which is the highest form of punishment in the Marines.
The Reason He Was Disciplined on the Day of His Demise
According to the reports, Siddiqui sought permission to go to the medical center for a sore throat. The recruit penned a note to his drill instructor. Since this was not the standard procedure, he was forced to run laps in the barracks. After making a number of repetitions, he fell to the floor. He was holding his throat and crying. During this time, he was seemingly unresponsive. After he had been ordered to get up and slapped, he threw himself off of the third floor of the barracks.
Further Findings and Changing Policies
The investigation contained allegations of physical and verbal abuse by drill instructors. The inquiry also uncovered bad treatment of new drill instructors by those more experienced. Moreover, the finding reported the lack of awareness regarding commanders’ roles during an investigation process; to name a few.
As a result, the Marine Corps has enacted procedures to prevent any incidents of assault and battery. However, the Corps did not apologize. Gen. Robert Neller said that they have made a commitment to training these men and women in a firm, fair and compassionate manner.
Neller stated that the Corps was mournful of the recruit’s passing. He further vowed that they would be taking every step needed to prevent events like the death of Siddiqui from reoccurring.
Written by Osveen Funwi
Edited by Cathy Milne
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