In the US Navy
, this was called a Blanket Party
. When I was in boot camp
, this was a constant threat given out by the recruit company commander
. One actually happened, and it happened to the guy
sleeping in the rack
above me. Four guys grabbed the corners of his blanket, and two guys thwacked
him repeatedly with a bar of soap in a sock. The guy had caused us to fail
(and no matter what, something would've caused us to fail the inspection. We were supposed to fail it, and there was no way for us to pass. It had something to do with learning discipline
and not getting pissed
at those above us.)
Unfortunately for the guy who was sleeping above me, he was "it". They would've beat on him some more if I didn't stop them (it helped that I was one of the oldest and biggest guys in the company). He ended up with big welts on his back.
If you're interested in what it looks like, there's a very accurate scene in Full Metal Jacket, a Kubrick film.