Commanding General of Marine Corps Training and Education Command Completes Review of Investigation into Drill Instructor Abuse at Parris Island (Copy of Public Affairs Guidance Included)
On 8 September 2 2016, the Commanding General of Marine Corps Training and Education Command completed his review of an investigation into drill instructor abuses at Parris Island. The investigation was prompted by the death of Recruit Raheel Siddiqui - who jumped from the ladder well of his platoon's third deck squad bay on 18 March 2016.
This firm is not presently involved in the case, but we have obtained a copy of the internal Public Affairs guidance memo. We have represented many drill instructors in the past. The memo provides new details not presently released to the public.
1. There were three investigations. The first investigation dated back to November 2015 to look into racially motivated hazing, assault, and alcohol use by a drill instructor. The second investigation was into the facts related to the death of Recruit Siddiqui. The third investigation was the result of an anonymous complaint in Third Recruit Battalion back in April.
2. The investigation indicates a lack of adherence to policies and supervision. It indicates that personnel have been identified for disciplinary action.
3. The Commanding Officer of the Recruit Training Regiment, Commanding Officer of Third Recruit Training Battalion, and the Sergeant Major of the Recruit Training Regiment have already been relieved from command.
4. Article 32 Investigations into the drill instructors have apparently already been scheduled.
5. The investigating apparently uncovered the hazing and maltreatment of newer drill instructors by more experienced drill instructors.
6. The Public Affairs office is preparing to change the media focus on the fact that Recruit Siddiqui was Muslim to one that is focused on the positive aspects of recruit training.
This firm has a long history of representing drill instructors and Marines in hazing and maltreatment cases. We will be watching this case closely. Our experiences with the Haditha case and others have demonstrated the Marine Corps willingness to release information to the public in a way that is harmful to the accused Marines. Defense counsel will have to be wary here of unlawful command influence and illegal pretrial publicity.