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The 38th Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps has been given a warning after it was discovered he was burning loose threads off of Martines’ uniforms while they were still wearing them.

Sgt. Francis Frazier is accused of “maliciously” burning two junior Marines of the Color Guard Platoon, all while squaring away their uniforms.

According to an investigation document, one Marine protested the burning of loose threads while the uniform was being worn, and asked Frazier what his first sergeant would think of the matter.

“Sgt Frazier responded that he thought [his first sergeant] would have his back and continued to try to remove the [loose thread],” the investigator wrote of Frazier. “At that point, he accidentally burned the Marine’s neck slightly. Sgt Frazier did not believe that this was serious and went about his business.”

Interestingly enough, the Marine who was burned did not feel Fraizer was acting maliciously or attempting to haze him in any way.

Task & Purpose reported that officials at the DC-based Marine Barracks Washington did not seek to remove Frazier, and simply suggested that the sergeant receive a non-punitive letter of caution, which does not get added to a Marine’s official record.

A safety stand-down has been suggested for the barracks, in order “to talk about the situation, repair the relationships that were damaged, and discuss the appropriate way to address issues which may develop into a hazing situation.”

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