A blanket party (also known as locksocking) is a form of corporal punishment, hazing or retaliation conducted within a peer group, most frequently within the military or military academies. The victim (usually asleep in bed) is restrained by having a blanket flung over him and held down, while other members of the group strike the victim repeatedly with improvised flails, most often a sock or bath towel containing something solid, such as a bar of soap.
The reasoning for a blanket party to take place is usually to further prevent one incompetent member of a military branch (usually the United States Marine Corps) to negatively affect the other members of the branch. This is because these military branches usually utilize group punishment to instill a sense of teamwork. This group punishment usually involves vigorous physical exercise, so the goal is that the victim of the blanket party will stop sabotaging the rest of the team.
Full Metal Jacket
The term "blanket party" was popularized by the Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket. In the film, members of a basic training platoon give a blanket party to an inept member of their platoon, whose mistakes have led to group punishment given to the entire platoon.
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