Armed Forces News

The Marine Corps will take punitive action against 20 Marines, for their roles in the death of a Muslim recruit in March. The 20 were attached to the Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot at Parris Island, S.C., when Pvt. Raheel Siddiqui, a Muslim, committed suicide. Those facing punishment include fellow recruits and drill instructors. Discipline could range from administrative action under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice to possible court martial. Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller ordered the probe of circumstances surrounding Siddiqui’s death, on the request of Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., the man’s representative in Congress. “The investigations revealed deviations from established policies and procedures for Marine Corps recruit training,” Dingell’s office said in a prepared statement. Numerous media outlets reported that Siddiqui, a former high school valedictorian, killed himself because of unrelenting hazing on the part of his instructors and fellow recruits.