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A long-standing tradition allowed by the U.S. Navy will come to an end on Jan. 1, 2019, when captains are no longer able to punish misbehaving sailors by restricting them to only eating bread and water.
“Rations furnished a person undergoing such confinement shall consist solely of bread and water. The rations will be served three times daily at the normal time of meals, and the amount of bread and water shall not be restricted,” the military’s Uniform Code of Military Justice reads, according to Task & Purpose. “Prisoners serving this punishment will be confined in a cell and will be bound by the procedures set forth for disciplinary segregation cells. They will not be removed for work or physical exercise.”
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Navy captains have the power to mete out punishment to their sailors because they are often away from land for months, and need to keep order without the options available to the more land-tied military branches. A handful of secretaries of the Navy, however, have tried to abolish the punishment as far back as 1882, according to The New York Times.
Eyer joined the Navy in 1982 and regularly sentenced sailors to the punishment, which is often jokingly called “cake and wine,” for minor misconduct.
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