I saw this on the ITV news last night- a quick search didn't turn up any hits for the story anywhere but their website. Here's the gist of it- a phone video has surfaced of Army recruits in a CS gas chamber. The instructors can be heard laughing at the discomfort of a recruit as he struggles to breathe and then throws up. ITV is crying "abuse".
I can't believe it- this is a standard part of of training. Recruits get their NBC gear on and enter the gas chamber to make sure that their equipment is functioning properly. The drill then involves taking off your respirator and being asked your number and/or a question or two. As you're in a room filled with CS gas, it's an uncomfortable few moments. My instructors had a good laugh as us too, as we struggled to talk and answer questions (some of them pretty amusing from what I recall) keeping us in the room long enough to get a good dose of the stuff. One by one we staggered out of the building coughing and spluttering with our eyes and noses running uncontrollably (all but one of us- a single guy in my troop was immune to the stuff, he walked out singing "Macho Man" at the top of his voice). None of us thought we'd just been "abused"- if fact, we all thought it was a great experience.
I am staggered that the Army is going to waste time and resources on such a trivial, non-incident.