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Senate Passes Anti-Hazing, Diversity In Military Legislation

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The U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 Wednesday. The act includes legislation proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand that requires the military to report on their policies to improve anti-hazing training, tracking and response.

The Senate also approved legislation calling for more diversity among senior ranks in the military.

The provisions were created following the deaths of Private Danny Chen, who was hazed and physically abused by his platoon because of his race and Private Hamson McPherson, Jr., a Staten Island Marine who killed himself after he was allegedly hazed by members of his unit.

The provisions would require the military to submit reports on hazing incidents and then respond to and resolve those incidents.

Another provision would require the Secretary of Defense to develop procedures to allow soldiers to anonymously report incidents.

The act must now go to conference in the House.

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