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Old 06-05-2012, 05:04 PM
 
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What is it called when soldiers turn their back to a discharged soldier and he has to walk through the middle of two lines while their backs are turned?

Do they still do this?
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I don't know what it was called but, no, they don't do that any more. They don't brand them either.
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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It is called 'drumming out'; I know that it is no longer done by the US Army (I can't speak about the other Services, Service Academies or foreign Services).
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:19 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Drumming Out

The Virginia Military Institute (VMI), located in Lexington, Virginia, is known for its strict honor code, which is as old as the Institute and was formally codified in the early 20th century. Under the VMI Honor Code, "a cadet does not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do." VMI is the only military college in the United States to enforce a single sanction honor code: There is only one punishment for violating the VMI Honor Code: immediate expulsion in the form of a drumming out ceremony of dismissal.

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Old 06-07-2012, 05:12 PM
 
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Drumming Out

The Virginia Military Institute (VMI), located in Lexington, Virginia, is known for its strict honor code, which is as old as the Institute and was formally codified in the early 20th century. Under the VMI Honor Code, "a cadet does not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do." VMI is the only military college in the United States to enforce a single sanction honor code: There is only one punishment for violating the VMI Honor Code: immediate expulsion in the form of a drumming out ceremony of dismissal.

REFERENCE: Virginia Military Institute - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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The VMI Drumout isn't what the OP described, where the disgraced indivdual walks between 2 lines of cadets who turn their backs. I think that was done in a scene from the movie adaptation of Pat Conroy's "The Lords Of Discipline".

In a VMI drumout the dismissed cadet is already gone before the Honor Court announces his/her dismissal to the corps.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:52 PM
 
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What is it called when soldiers turn their back to a discharged soldier and he has to walk through the middle of two lines while their backs are turned?

Do they still do this?

21 + years in, never heard of it?
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Drumming out. But why bother humiliating someone who at oleast tried while 99% of the population never do that much
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:54 AM
 
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It is called 'drumming out'; I know that it is no longer done by the US Army (I can't speak about the other Services, Service Academies or foreign Services).
I've not heard of it in the UK forces either. Some military academies around the world have some odd habits so who knows if it's done anywhere else but not here anyway.
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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You may be referring to "shunning."

That's also a term used for giving the "silent treatment" to a cadet.

But usually they would face the soldier being drummed out and usually participate by beating on him, or verbal insults. Maybe it's from a more solemn ceremony for an officer?
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:42 PM
 
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What are you talking about?

Please make clearer the situation to which you refer...
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