Navy dating policy
Over 200 years of seagoing experience have demonstrated that seniors must maintain thoroughly professional relationships with juniors at all times.
This custom recognizes the need to prevent the use of a senior grade or position in such a way that it results in (or gives the appearance of) favoritism, preferential treatment, personal gain, or involves actions that otherwise may reasonably be expected to undermine good order, discipline, authority, or high unit morale.
Proper social interaction among officer and enlisted members has always been encouraged as it enhances unit morale and esprit de corps.
At the same time, unduly familiar personal relationships between officers and enlisted members have traditionally been contrary to naval custom because they undermine the respect for authority, which is essential to Navy's ability to accomplish its military mission.
Violation of these policies subject the involved members to disciplinary action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
"Fraternization" is the term traditionally used to identify personal relationships that contravene the customary bounds of acceptable senior-subordinate relationships.
While marriage is not specifically prohibited, the marriage of two soldiers of different ranks can constitute fraternization if the soldiers’ duties are evidenced to be compromised by the union.
Should improper fraternization eventually result in a marriage, any improper fraternization prior to the marriage is still accountable to regulations and not “excused” or mitigated by the ensuing marriage.
As such, it must reflect professionalism and cannot engender any favoritism or abuses of position.Therefore, the prohibition of fraternization serves a valid, mission-essential purpose.Personal relationships between officer and enlisted members that are unduly familiar and that do not respect differences in grade or rank are prohibited.Should two soldiers of the same rank be married and one of them receive a promotion, all precautions will be taken to avoid putting them in a direct line of command.Fraternization prohibitions can apply to any two soldiers of differing ranks and wherever an instructor/student relationship is present, even within a particular group.