All branches of the United States military maintain regulations that govern dating, and any fraternization, among both officers and enlisted soldiers. Since , improper fraternization has been recognized as a punishable offense. The guidelines regarding dating vary depending upon rank, but apply regardless of gender or direct lines of command. As well as regulating dating, the U. Military regulations chiefly regulate against dating between two soldiers of different ranks. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines all have regulations in place prohibiting this activity as a kind of fraternization. Whether or not they are in a direct line of command is immaterial.
Also, if it effects the morale or good order of the unit, then it is also wrong, i. If it's 2 PFC's, that have no bearing on any of that, then it's ok.
It really only is an issue if one of them is an NCO, or Officer. The unit I just left had 3 married Soldiers and like 4 couples in the same company. Even 1 of the Females had her ex-husband and current husband there at the same time weird, I know.
Army updates reg defining inappropriate relationships
But, there were rarely any conflicts or issues. In my opinion, the married couples should have been split-up, but for all intent and purposes - at very least they all should have been counseled on their relationships and the potential effects in the workplace.
Its not uncommon for units with a lot of mixed genders to eventually start hooking up - especially before deployments. This is where proactive leadership engagement and involvement comes into play - getting to know your soldiers and their business on and off duty.Best of Soldier in "Expiration Date"
Military regulations chiefly regulate against dating between two soldiers of different ranks. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines all have regulations in place prohibiting this activity as a kind of fraternization.
Whether or not they are in a direct line of command is immaterial. The senior ranking officer in such situations is considered to have greater ability to promptly discontinue any behaviors in breach of policy, but both soldiers are considered equally accountable. In addition to cases of relationships between soldiers of different ranks, fraternization between trainees and soldiers or between recruiters and recruits is also prohibited.
When dating takes place between soldiers of the same rank or between a solider and a civilian employee or government contractor, military regulations only prohibit those relationships which directly affect morale, discipline, respect for authority or otherwise interfere with a mission.
Dating is subject to the same scrutiny as any other form of fraternization.
Military Laws on Dating
As such, it must reflect professionalism and cannot engender any favoritism or abuses of position. Are you sure you want to delete this answer? Two Soldiers in the same platoon can date.
The rules against fraternization only state that: I more or less summarized the article, I think, but you can read it! Clara is almost correct. The short answer is "Yes", soldiers in the same platoon can date each other.
It has a very specific definition. But Unprofessional relationships, which unlike fraternization is very very broad.
Soldiers dating other soldiers
Any relationship in which it is perceived to be unprofessional, is a unprofessional relationship. Meaning that a E-3 and E-4 could be dating and someone could say, "That looks unprofessional" and therefor it becomes an unprofessional relationship. They are not doing anything wrong. My wife and I are both Staff Sergeants, Military Police been married over 5 years, we have gone through a lot of hardships due to leadership not understanding the rules on intra-service relationships.