Blanket party

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A blanket party also known as "locksocking" in the justice system and systamatically effected programs as a form of corporal punishment,hazing or as 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, or another rolled up sock. Other weapons which could be used were entrenching tools or a bunk adapter (a piece of pipe used to connect a bunk bed to another). Blows to the head were avoided, as these would likely be both fatal and leave injuries visible to authorities.

Kitchen scrub brushes were sometimes used, although these were more often employed during "G.I. scrubs" for soldiers with poor personal hygiene.

The blanket party became widely known within pop culture by its portrayal in the Stanley Kubrick movie Full Metal Jacket. In the film, the members of a basic training platoon give a blanket party to Private Pyle as retaliation for the group punishment given to the entire platoon as a result of Pyle's repeated inability to perform various tasks properly.

Blanket parties and other forms of corporal punishment are now illegal in the United States military and punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.[citation needed]

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