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MARINE CORPS INVESTIGATES HAZING OF ELITE PARATROOPERS

The Marine Corps has opened an investigation of two hazing incidents known as "blood pinnings" in which elite paratroopers have golden jump pins beaten into their chests.

The incidents, in 1991 and 1993, were videotaped by participants. The service says the hazing was brought to its attention by NBC's "Dateline," which was planning to broadcast portions of the tapes Friday night. CNN broadcast portions Thursday.The events involve an elite unit of Marine Corps paratroopers, who primarily are trained for reconnaissance and scouting duty. The paratroopers earn golden pins upon completion of 10 training jumps, and such individuals evidently were the ones taped in the incidents.