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This instructor guide provides content from which instructors can draw when leading the Hazing Prevention and Response: Training for Military Leaders class. Through a series of PowerPoint slides and discussion topics addressing hazing in the U.S. military, the class is intended to assist military leaders (enlisted and officers) with hazing prevention and response efforts. The class is designed to be interactive and can be particularly useful as part of precommand courses or during appropriate points in professional military education. The class defines hazing, gives examples of hazing in the military context, and summarizes several misconceptions about hazing. It also describes hazing-related policies and discusses strategies for leaders to help prevent and respond effectively to hazing.

The class content is intended to be adapted to the specific policies and procedures (e.g., channels and processes for reporting and leader resources) of each military service. In addition, the services might wish to supplement the provided materials with their own service-specific scenarios (including video scenarios) or exercises to help facilitate learning and discussion. The class content can also be used as a framework for other organizations that struggle with hazing, such as law enforcement agencies, fire departments, high schools, and colleges and universities. For individuals or organizations interested in adapting the class content to their own contexts and relevant policies and procedures, editable versions of the instructor guide and slide deck are available upon request. To do so, please email

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