Military officers dating other officers
Even if you’re the same rank and not violating Do D regulations, romantic relationships with fellow Service Members can be tricky.
Working with someone you’re romantically involved with can distract you from your duties.
Fraternization can apply to close friendships, business relationships, or even certain financial exchanges between Service Members of different ranks, regardless of gender.
Since the context of the relationship is so important, it sometimes can be difficult to know if fraternization is occurring.
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Dating is subject to the same scrutiny as any other form of fraternization.
Typically, it applies to unprofessional relationships between officers and enlisted Service Members, and it can potentially extend beyond that.
Fraternization is often considered in the context of romantic relationships across the officer-enlisted divide, but the policy includes much more than that.
While consensual sex in theater isn’t prohibited, it can lead to potentially negative effects on readiness or morale.
Adultery, wrongful cohabitation, and sexual misconduct are all potentially serious offenses outlined in Article 134 of the MCM as well.