Dating is subject to the same scrutiny as any other form of fraternization.As such, it must reflect professionalism and cannot engender any favoritism or abuses of position.The potential problem you have is most commanders have their very own opinion on what constitutes fraternization and what does not. So what you describe is sounds like it is not technically illegal (so long as the officer is not activated).I can not speak for Army officers..I can tell you that MANY Naval officers still hold to the "old school" approach. But if I were advising the Sailor, I would advise against the relationship.The guidelines regarding dating vary depending upon rank, but apply regardless of gender or direct lines of command. Military regulations chiefly regulate against dating between two soldiers of different ranks. Military policy in all branches prohibits all kinds of fraternization between soldiers of different grades; while the prohibited relationship is officer/enlisted solider, it also applies to any two different grades of soldier.Whether or not they are in a direct line of command is immaterial.All branches of the United States military maintain regulations that govern dating, and any fraternization, among both officers and enlisted soldiers.Since 1984, improper fraternization has been recognized as a punishable offense. military also has regulations regarding marriage among officers or enlisted soldiers. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines all have regulations in place prohibiting this activity as a kind of fraternization.
CO and XO where both are 0-3s) that have any of the following effects:• Actually 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 in nature.• Cause an actual or clearly predictable adverse impact on discipline, authority, morale or the command's ability to accomplish its mission. Business Relationships and Gambling All business relationships between officers and enlisted service members, except for landlord-tenant relationships and one-time business transactions (such as the sale of a car) are prohibited.
You are correct, the Navy policy does not have the exception that the Army policy does, instead they use the following criteria as "guidance" Prejudice to good order and discipline or discredit to the naval service may result from, but are not limited to, circumstances which: (1) call into question a senior's objectivity; (2) result in actual or apparent preferential treatment; (3) undermine the authority of a senior; or (4) compromise the chain of command.
On the surface what you describe would not be a violation of the Navy frat policy.
The female officer in question works as a civilian at a Naval command and her coworkers are all E5s-E6s. I am an attorney with over 12 years military law experience.
This is a "grey area"I agree that for the Officer this may not be a problem (assuming the officer is not activated).