This is a response to a comment on the following Q&A:
U.S. Army Inspections: Barracks Inspection
No, they are not allowed to do this.
During a Health and Welfare inspection all Soldiers have to be treated exactly the same. The command can establish that all Soldiers will have their drawers open, cabinets open, etc. However, they can only look at what is in open view. They cannot move things around in the drawers, throw property around and/or empty containers without the Soldier’s permission. It is not an excuse to harass a Soldier.
Hazing or not, its disrespectful
If the NCO’s conducting the inspection are trashing your room during a health and welfare inspection they can be guilty of “hazing” and be in violation of AR 600-20. AR 600-20, para 4-20a defines hazing as “any conduct whereby one military member or employee, regardless of Service or rank, unnecessarily causes another military member or employee, regardless of Service or rank, to suffer or be exposed to an activity that is cruel, abusive, oppressive, or harmful.”