A few weeks ago I went to visit a cousin of mine at his maritime academy. Everyone wore uniforms, spoke in military time.
One of the things that struck me pretty hard was what my cousin said about hazing. The freshmen had to wear super short haircuts and run everywhere. He was hating it.
The upperclassmen are allowed to treat the frosh like crap until the frosh move up by proving they can treat someone else like crap.
Much the same way that the last wave of immigrants to America (Irish?) who were once shat upon can now point to Somali immigrants to prove their American-ness, their ability to shit on new guys.
This is the most American, most patriarchal system we have. It is defining. It is sickening.