The German army has launched an investigation into allegations of abuse at the Mittenwald military camp in Bavaria.
A former conscript, interviewed by a German newspaper, has described recruits being forced to eat raw pig’s liver and drink alcohol until they were sick.
The so called “hazing” or initiation rites allegedly took place in June last year.
Germany’s Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, himself a former trainee at the camp, said he wanted things to be clarified, stopped and action taken.
According to the allegations, some senior personnel were aware of the rituals but did not intervene. A spokesperson from the barracks has denied this but added, youngsters were sometimes expected to take part in initiation games in order to be considered one of the team.