Entire Unit Relieved After Hazing-Related Death In Afghanistan ArmyJ October 7, 2012 Army 72 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: File photo of soldiers filling sandbags KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN – An entire unit of soldiers with B Co, 1-65 Infantry Regiment, stationed in Southern Afghanistan, has been relieved Thursday following allegations of hazing that led to the suicide of Army Private DeMarius Jackson at an unnamed Combat Outpost (COP) in Zharay Province. Five officers, 36 non-commissioned officers, and 61 lower enlisted soldiers have been removed from the remote base while they await the results of the final investigation into the death. Private DeMarius Jackson, who was reprimanded for falling asleep on guard duty twice, posting mission times to his Facebook account, and a negligent discharge of his personal weapon that resulted in his squad leader being shot in the foot, killed himself by overdosing on methamphetamines during a guard shift. Although the soldier had previously tested positive for marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, his death is being billed as a suicide as a result of hazing. The allegation was made after Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), part of a visiting Congressional delegation, witnessed several senior NCOs savagely abusing the young private. Chu spoke to the Duffel Blog about what she saw that day: “A group of very large, scary looking non-commissioned officers were yelling at Jackson, who was doing his best to maintain his dignity by crossing his arms in front of him and refusing to look his tormentors in the eye,” said Chu. “I then watched them force the young man to carry sandbags with a line of other soldiers towards a tent, where they just stacked them up higher and higher around the outside. I couldn’t understand why you would make walls around a perfectly good tent. It was so pointless that we all knew it was obviously punishment related.” She shook her head as if trying to forget a horrible memory. “The punishments didn’t stop either. Later that evening we saw Jackson being forced through a series of humiliating physical activities with a small group of other soldiers, all wearing some type of reflective strap clearly meant to humiliate and set the men apart from their comrades during the abuse. All of the soldiers in the group were overweight, and the kind of activities they were being forced to do were clearly hazing, since people in that kind of shape have no business running or doing exercise of any kind.” Since all the soldiers, NCO’s, and officers at the tiny outpost were witness to the event, the Army wasted no time in pressing charges against every single member of the company. The outpost has since been turned over to the Afghan National Army (ANA), who has reported that despite the lack of U.S. forces there, is still secure with the help of soldiers from the local Taliban unit, who have manned many of the guard towers. Further investigation has revealed that the deceased private was 1/18th African-American, leading investigators to declare the killing racially motivated. Although there were 24 minority soldiers stationed on the outpost with Jackson, the Army is still determined to push for the maximum sentence allowable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), in order to prevent future losses of such exceptionally high quality soldiers. Gregory Patchy Stone says: April 17, 2014 at 1:39 PM Lmfao ….these comments….are just as great as the satire David Acklam says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM LOL… Bob Hartman says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM I think that it was Bush’s fault. Jason Scott Ebbert says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM Love how some people believe this lol. Jerry Colon says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM what does 1/18th afro americain have to do with this? stupid shit all over again. Michael Hasbun says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM Lol… I can’t believe how many are falling for this one :0) Josh Noble says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM I think sometimes these articles are trollbait just for the traffic. RJ Adams says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM God I love this website. Now that I have inoculated my new unit here at Bliss to it… I am printing these out. They’re going on the unit bulletin board. Doc Bailey says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM You know I seeme tor remember there were these guys in round brown hats that would scream a lot, wouldn’t let me sleep at night, and were really mean when I tired really hard! *sniff* it was so*sniff* hard… BAHAHAHA nah, really if you can’t take a little hazing you’re a pussy. Stuff My Puppy Wrecked says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM first off I realize this is satire…It is in close story line with a Marine Sgt who was found not guilty of hazing after one of his troops fell asleep on post, was reprimanded made to dig a foxhole among other things. Guy eventually killed himself in Afganistan. They court martialed the Sgt. but he was found not guilty. Satire? YES. Based on Partially… Bill O'Connor says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM As a combat veteran, I know how hazing works. At least someone in D.C. is pressing to stop it. Getting rotor wash leads to asking for flight line which leads to this type of harrasement. Anthony Hargrave says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM You people are complete idiots, This is not real. If you want to know the Truth you need to Log on to the “Onion News Network”. Danny J Chen says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM that was golden lmao. Timothy Dunkin says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM A-freaking-men Noah Davidson says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM You sir, are awesome. Johnathon Borders says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM brilliant writing Summer Robinson says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM Pure awesomeness! Chris Renoll says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM Why stop there? Should probably relieve every commander up to the first general officer, too. Jason Hopkins says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM Wait, so this soldier was being yelled at for falling asleep on guard and shooting his squad leader in the foot….oh and she doesn’t understand why they would build a sandbag wall around a tent….maybe because sandbags will stop bullets and fragments where a tent won’t. Byron Mays says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM I usually enjoy your blog…Not this one, however. I just wanted to say that I don’t feel one Soldier’s suicide is anything to make any kind of joke about. Imagine the pain and heartache that this guy’s family and friends have already gone through. God forbid they would have to be reminded of it by seeing something such as this, a little over a year or so later. TASTELESS ATTEMPT AT HUMOR IMO. Don Harris says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM An instant classic! Sean Lincoln says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM I understand this is satire, but it is eerie how strangely close to real life this is. Overweight program is there to help soldiers get to and then maintain the standard. And strangely enough people cry about it all the time. And the sandbag thing is just common sense. Gavin Fulton says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM This was very well written and funny as hell…. Brandon Shonyo says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Chuck Mccall says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM deployments often turn into njp fests. sad Michael Hasbun says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM It breaks my heart how easily believable this was :0) very well written… Matthew Gatling says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM HaHaHa! Afghan A Bannanastand says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM No- FREE THE ZHARAY 102! Jennie Wolford says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM first off, she is a civilian, and even if she ever was in the Military, she must have been a winner. She calls it hazing, but there is no different in what these guys were made to do than any other branch of the service if you screw up! Instead of putting them on report, sending them to mast, etc. They were sent to do extra, senseless work, typical. All of us that have been in have had to do bullshit work at somepoint. As far as her complaining about the extra work that these severly overweight soldiers were doing & not being in shape for it, well wake up Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.)! The military does have PT! So that’s what they were doing, just extra, because they had screwed up! Guess if she had to cross the Equator she would try to stop that too! The is a lot that goes on in the Military that Civilians do not and will not ever understand nor do they need too. I really feel sorry for all of the Unit being pulled from their job to protect this Country and her dumb ass. USN VET Keith Smith says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM Are you Kidding ME? She B! tchin about them “Fortifying” a tent? “I then watched them force the young man to carry sandbags with a line of other soldiers towards a tent, where they just stacked them up higher and higher around the outside. I couldn’t understand why you would make walls around a perfectly good tent. And All of the soldiers in the group were overweight, and the kind of activities they were being forced to do were clearly hazing, since people in that kind of shape have no business running or doing exercise of any kind.”. That is Overweight Squad Exercise, to get these men in Fighting Shape.. I am a former Active Marine.. This is all BOOT CAMP stuff.. This “Son of Obama” OD’d on DRUGS, because he was a LAZY Goldbricker… Falling Asleep on Duty, Drug History, Why was this kid not in the BRIG? I would not trusted this worthless PIECE OF $h|t, not while I slept.. Robert Turner says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM LMBO! (Folks, this is a parody site). Joshua McCreery says: April 16, 2014 at 1:54 AM I used to come here to laugh at the articles. Now I also love to read the comments of all of the retards who don’t know what this is. LT_Hardass says: October 30, 2012 at 2:24 PM Do you guys really think this is something to joke about? We have situations like these in almost every unit, so how about you stop laughing at these situations and help out your battles that are going through a tough time. Master Resilience says: October 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM Why weren’t the warning signs picked up on? If this Soldier’s leadership had used the suicide prevention counseling tools correctly they would have referred him to the help he needed way before any of this became an issue. I HAVE stated before though that any type of drug use (to include those ‘legal’ energy drinks like Snappy Cow) need to be included with alcohol on the suicide prevention counseling questionnaire. We need to be helping these Soldiers learn how to deal with their stress in a positive way through deep breathing exercises, iceberg breaking, and finding the good stuff. This was a classic failed leadership. ThomNJ says: October 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM “All of the soldiers in the group were overweight, and the kind of activities they were being forced to do were clearly hazing, since people in that kind of shape have no business running or doing exercise of any kind.” Uh, yeah. Fat people shouldn’t exercise. Right. Silly me for thinking otherwise. resto says: October 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM The biggest irony is even most of the “smart” posters probably don’t realize Pvt Jackson is based off Rep. Chu’s nephew (LCpl Harry Lew). Captain O says: October 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM That can’t be. LCpl. Lew wasn’t fat. Also, I think cocaine should be issued to individuals on post, it makes you more alert. Crazy Cracker says: October 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM More alert or paranoid…take your pick. But it does work as a good appetite suppressant. It was obviously prescribed by the nutritionist after entering on the “fat kid” program. Justin Miller says: October 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM You can get speed legally. Just get diagnosed with ADD. I lose a lot of weight on mine. Rooster says: October 8, 2012 at 2:30 AM Since this was obvious hazing on the part of the unit, and the soldier in question had to do meth, coke, AND heroin, due to his extreme emotional disturbance and physical abuse, the unit should have to make reparations to the soldier’s family financially. this stellar soldier’s family should receive at least $1,000,000 from each branch of the military since the soldier was serving here in the joint/combined combat area. Spc. Smartass says: October 8, 2012 at 6:02 AM At the very least they should be compensated for the cost of the drugs he felt forced to use. That stuff is not cheap. Frizbee says: October 8, 2012 at 7:14 AM And let’s not forget the safe shooting rooms that the Military needs to set up at all COPs and FOBs in country, with full needle exchange programs so that our junkie soldiers aren’t put at unnecessary risk with dirty needles. Oh yeah… can we PLEASE get purple hearts issued to all of them! Those needle puncture marks are wounds received in a combat deployment! Quick, someone jump on that! TWS says: October 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM No joke. You ever see a ‘cut down’ get infected. Damn things spray pus everywhere. How hard can it be really to get good quality shit? Joe Blow can make the shit in his garage at home and they’re sitting in the heart of heroin land right? All they need is a few ‘clean needle exchanges’ and maybe some better quality shit. Fitzy says: October 8, 2012 at 6:55 PM Any good right seat ride is going to include a meet & greet with the ANA smack hookup. Clearly what we are seeing here is the ripple effect cause by the failures of the outgoing unit. Continually strive to improve your AO for the benefit of those who will replace you. dwadafam says: October 7, 2012 at 10:27 PM I can’t tell if the “serious” posters are actually that stupid, or that brilliant in their playing along. Either way this is hilarious. Spc. Smartass says: October 8, 2012 at 1:03 AM Usually we’re just playing along in an effort to get ACTUAL serious posters who don’t realize that it is satirical. Yer Uncle's Monkey says: October 19, 2012 at 1:03 PM So much for opsec numbnuts. Joe every man says: October 7, 2012 at 10:16 PM I guess the one and only thing he did right was do what he was told after one of the other guys told him to kill himself for being such a shit bird ha ha ha ha ha…..ah Judy Chu…you should fallow suit and do the same….now that will a be story worth reading sober former Sgt O' Marines says: October 7, 2012 at 10:16 PM Didnt read the story. The comment section was more than enough entertainment for me. My special thanks goes.out to the most of you morons that poured your heart and souls into denouncing a story about a situation that ….could have happened. Nothing about the Army surprises me anymore…stay strong. Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: October 14, 2012 at 2:07 AM Wait a minute are you being serious or sarcastic I have really lost count… I don’t even know I am being serious anymore. Oh crap… Yer Uncle's Monkey says: October 19, 2012 at 1:01 PM Pink satire cards must be issued to all posters and prominently displayed when appropriate to avoid these confusing comments. Jarhead#1 says: October 7, 2012 at 3:55 PM Hey, you soldiers, let that boy alone. Hal Fulton says: October 7, 2012 at 2:25 PM Seems to me the wrong bitch got hit…. sfc wm rock Ret says: October 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM First of all if he fell asleep on guard duty twice he should have been courts marshelled and peeing hot 2-3 times again art 15′s and courts marshell. I don’t know about this congress woman and what she knows about the military ,but it must be very little . Sand bagging tents in a COMBAT ZONE is something that is highly recomended with RPG’S ( Rocket Propeled Grenades) AND 106MM ROCKETS FLYING IN ON YOUR COP (Combat Out Post). As far as the reflective belt ,it is part of the PT uniform and is also required to be worn at nite in most places in county at night while on the place of duty for safety to be seen be vechile oprerators so they don’t get ran over. MAYBE CONGRESSWOMAN CHU SHOULD REALLY FIND THE FACTS AND READ READ THE ARMY’S REGULATIONS ON WHAT THIS POOR EXCUSS OF A SOLDIER DID WRONG AND I QUESTION IF IT WAS TRUELY SUICIDE AND NOT A SIMPLE OVER DOSE. Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: October 7, 2012 at 2:19 PM Obviously the poor soldier in question was being hazed which led him to commit suicide. No one with experience in the use of drugs would ever purposely kill themselves with their own supply. leftoftheboom says: October 7, 2012 at 5:56 PM It is Obvious that he was forced to partake of more than his normal hit due to the extreme emotional stress of the hazing. I can see him spiraling downward as the emotional storm rises forceing him to hit it again and again until in a tragic turn of events, he lost his life. It was not suicide. Those others should be charged with murder. Wally says: October 7, 2012 at 10:45 PM i have found my one idiot…..took less than 24 hours too. Ashley says: October 7, 2012 at 11:42 PM Hey SFC, its a joke. Relax and have a laugh Spc. Smartass says: October 8, 2012 at 1:00 AM SNAP goes the line on the Troll Trap!!!! Army Wife (P) says: October 8, 2012 at 1:28 AM Your post is so full of awsome. Thanks for telling us what a COP and an RPG are. I would ask my husband but he is deployed, so I will ask “Jody” instead. He’s been “helping out” around the house. Someone will be along to explain this site to you soon. Place take a knee and face out until then. TWS says: October 8, 2012 at 12:34 PM RPG is ‘role playing game’ right? Jody is such a helpful guy. He keeps coming around to help my wife with the plumbing. Something about ‘snaking a pipe’ I think. I wish I could think of some way to say ‘thank you’ to the men who help out while the husband is away. Fitzy says: October 8, 2012 at 6:46 PM Well this is an absolute outrage! As a witness to the brutal sandbag hazing, Congresswoman Judy Chu had a duty to use her authority to swoop in and rescue that poor tweaker, ahem, Private from those awful Sergeants and get him the prescription for medical marijuana that he obviously needs…. and hugs. Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: October 14, 2012 at 2:03 AM Lots of hugs… navyjag907 says: October 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM Sure he fell asleep and put all their lives at risk but a fat boy doper can’t be expected to stay awake. His physical make-up won’t permit it.//This lad should have special treatment from the beginning. Thank God Congresswoman Chu is on the case. She’s really the patron saint for military fuckups. Jerry says: October 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM Even though it’s satire and usually comical sometimes you fly to close to the sun. leftoftheboom says: October 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM We should haze them until they do the same thing. That would be fair. Wally says: October 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM standing by for the one idiot who thinks this a true story….. Spc. Smartass says: October 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM I tried leaving some troll-bait, but so far no one’s biting. Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: October 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM Doesn’t it suck when that happens. What is worse is when you leave the bait and forget about it, then you have a 900lbs troll on the line for a month. When you finally do come back poachers have got it or your line has been overloaded with trolls… I had this happen on the More Women Need to be Killed in Combat article. Well…I am going to leave some bait here…even though I have written this it will be ignored. radglock says: October 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM Out-freakin-standing!!! I believe all boots should be issued a Death-By-Meth suicide kit when they first check in. Make things quicker, easier, and funnier. Spc. Smartass says: October 7, 2012 at 10:04 AM Another soldier kills himself, and the hazing was permitted, even after Representative Chu witnessed that savagery; and the article doesn’t let us know how he got crystal meth to overdose himself into suicide. Why wasn’t someone watching for this? Where were is battle buddies? Ted N says: October 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM If only they’d signed the Battle Buddy Contracts.