The problem with fraternization and dating within the Imperial ranks: Compromise, or appear to compromise, the integrity of supervisory authority or the chain of command; – Cause actual or perceived partiality or unfairness; – Involve, or appear to involve, the improper use of rank or position for personal gain; – Are, or are perceived to be, exploitative or coercive in nature; – Create an actual or clearly predictable adverse impact on discipline, authority, morale or the ability of the command to accomplish its mission.
If any of these criteria are met, the parties involved may be subject to Uniformed Code of Military Justice action under Article 92 as a violation of a lawful general regulation.
None of these relationships require any element of a sexual nature; they simply have to cause an actual or perceived situation, which negatively impacts a unit’s good order and discipline. A couple of scenarios to consider are:
–You are an officer who regularly hangs out with some of your subordinates to watch the game.
– You are a sergeant who calls select Soldiers by their first names.
– You are a Soldier who enjoys working on computers, so you help out the battalion command sergeant major with his home computer during your free time.
The prohibited relationships, which apply to all gender relationships include:
–Ongoing business relationships.
– Dating, shared living accommodations other than those directed by operational requirements, and intimate or sexual relationships.