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Introduction to the Navy's Fraternization Policy

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Samantha Drumb

on 17 January 2013

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Transcript of Introduction to the Navy's Fraternization Policy

What is Fraternization? Personal relationships that contravene the customary bounds of acceptable senior-subordinate relationships

Most commonly been applied to officer-enlisted relationships

- also includes officer-officer and enlisted-enlisted
i.e.) DIVO/DEPT Head

- regardless of branch of service
including foreign Objectives -Identify key points of the Navy's Fraternization Policy
-Identify prohibited relationships
-Identify appropriate/inappropriate social interactions
-Identify consequences of fraternization
-Identify service members' accountability with regard to fraternization
-Identify command responsibilities with regard to fraternization Introduction to the Navy's Fraternization Policy MIDN 1/C Drumb Policy "Personal relationships between officer and enlisted members that are unduly familiar and do not respect differences in rank and grade are prohibited and violate long-standing customs and traditions of the Navy.
Similar relationships that are unduly familiar between officers or between enlisted members of different rank or grade may also be prejudicial to good order and discipline or of a nature to bring discredit on the Navy and are prohibited." Intro: Relationships Fraternization is gender-neutral

-focuses on the damage to good order and discipline that results from the
erosion of respect for

-can have huge
negative effect and
undermine entire unit Prohibited Relationships Personal relationships that are unduly familary and do not respect differences in grade/rank:


-chief petty officers (E-7 to E-9) and junior personnel (E-1 to E-6) assigned to the same command

-staff/instructor and students within Navy training commands that doesn't respect staff-student relationship

-recruiters and prospects, applicants, and delayed-entry personnel Questions? Appropriate Social Interactions All pay grades are encouraged to interact to build a stronger team. Appropriate social interactions between juniors and seniors include:

-Activities designed to promote unit cohesion and morale

-Command sports teams


-Command volunteer opportunities Inappropriate Social Interactions -Dating, intimate, or sexual relations

-Sharing living accommodations


-Borrowing money


-Private business partnerships Practice 1. CDR Thornton is attending the office potluck. He overhears PO1 Larue mention that he and a couple of PO2s are going to the big game in Green Bay this weekend, and he is going to advertise to sell an extra ticket seated with the other three. CDR Thornton is a huge Packers fan; tickets are hard to come by, and he really wants to go. What should he do?

a.) Avoid this situation; try to buy a ticket elsewhere

b.) Get his superior's approval before acting on this

c.) Tell PO1 Larue he wants to buy the ticket

d.) Respond to the ad when it appears in the paper Consequences -Call into question a senior's objectivity

-Compromise the chain of command

-Result in actual or apparent preferential treatment

-Undermine the authority of a senior

-Dismissal Accountability -Seniors are expected to recognize and prevent fraternization and everyone is held accountable for his or her own conduct.

-Fraternization is punishable under theUniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) (Officers: Article 134, Enlisted: Article 92)

-Service members married to each other will NOT be
assigned in the same chain of command (compatible
with sea/shore rotation policy and the needs of the

-Fraternization is NOT excused or lessened by a subsequent marriage between the offending parties

-Service members who are related (married or otherwise related) must maintain the required respect and good behavior when on duty or in uniform in public

-Sailors serving at Joint commands (foreign and other U.S. uniformed services) are still under the authority of Navy policies and regulations All Hands -Commands are expected to take action as necessary to correct inappropriate behavior.

-Sailors who violate the Navy's Fraternization Policy are subject to disciplinary action under the UCMJ.

-Everyone has responsibilities when it
comes to recognizing and preventing

-You should handle problems at the
lowest appropriate level Practice Fraternization accusations will be excused or reduced if the accused parties get married.

a.) True

b.) False Answer: a.) Avoid this situation; try to find a ticket elsewhere! Practice 2. CPO Jackson has a house. He's going to rent the spare bedroom. Several people in his command are interested. Which person is an acceptable candidate to rent to without creating a fraternization situation?

a.) PO1 (E-6) Jillison

b.) ENS (0-1) Laker

c.) CPO (E-7) Wilkinson

d.) SA (E-2) Boone Answer: c.) CPO (E-7) Wilkinson! Answer: b.) False! Practice Because the senior is primarily responsible for preventing the development of inappropriate relationships, the senior is the ONLY person who will be held accountable if charged with fraternization.

a.) True

b.) False Answer: b.) False! Practice
What are commands expected to do regarding fraternization?

a.) Take administrative action

b.) Take a "don't ask, don't tell" position

c.) Take a "three strikes, you're out" position

d.) Bring in civilian counselors to observe behaviors Answer: a.) Take administrative action!
-Consistency, moral vs. legal Practice How should fraternization issues be handled?

a.) At senior-enlisted or senior-officer level as appropriate

b.) At mid-enlisted or mid-officer level as appropriate

c.) At the lowest possible level

d.) At the highest level possible Answer: c.) At the lowest level possible! What do YOU think fraternization is? ? Prior Relationships -Documented, must be married prior to commissioning

-Marriage must be recognized by
federal government

i.e.) Same-sex marriage between service members not recognized by federal state, therefore prohibited

- What happens if I meet "the one" in the military? -must comply with appropriate rank to avoid fraternization

-one will be transferred to a different ship/command

-illegal to assign to same command but married members will more than likely be co-located Summary -Fraternization: Don't do it!

-Can apply to any scenario that shows special treatment, not just intimate relationships

-family/relatives, friends, neighbors, "favorites", etc.

-Gray area: if it could potentially LOOK like fraternization, don't do it

-Appropriate vs. Inappropriate social interactions

-Damaging effects
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