Pentagon to create a database tracking incidents of hazing in the military, carry out an annual survey of U.S. troops on the issue and boost training so it is better recognized and handled.

The bill is called the Harry Lew Military Hazing Accountability and Prevention Act, said Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), who crafted the legislation and named it after her nephew. He was a Marine who committed suicide in Afghanistan’s Helmand province in April 2011 after he fell asleep while on guard duty and was subsequently assaulted by other members of his platoon.

Chu said in an interview that she asked Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, to include the bill in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act as an amendment because it has a better chance of becoming law that way.

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