In this page we’re telegraphing a bit about hazing, which is a touchy subject in the military. Some hazing is institutionalized. After all, what is boot camp other than a three-month long hazing incident? Some of it is unsanctioned, like what Digger and Deven are eluding to here.

I’ll say more about this later as the story plays out, but for this page, I wanted to treat the rationale for this behavior honestly. People in the military are dealing with high stakes, and in a multitude of ways, military culture reflects that. Hazing, both sanctioned and unsanctioned in the military, grows from the recognition of just how high the cost of failure is.