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Navy and Marine Corps Fraternization Policy. University of Pennsylvania Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. HISTORY. “Custom” is a long established practice, which has attained the force of law within the military.

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Navy and marine corps fraternization policy

Navy and Marine Corps Fraternization Policy

University of PennsylvaniaNaval Reserve Officer Training Corps



  • “Custom” is a long established practice, which has attained the force of law within the military.

  • Proper social interaction among officer and enlisted members enhances unit morale and esprit de corps.

History con t

HISTORY (con’t)

  • Unduly familiar personal relationships:

    • Undermine respect for authority

    • Inhibit mission accomplishment

  • Experience has demonstrated that seniors must maintain thoroughly professional relationships with juniors at all times.

History con t1

HISTORY (con’t)

  • Custom recognizes the need to prevent use of senior grade or position that results in (or gives the appearance of):

    • Favoritism

    • Preferential treatment

    • Personal gain

  • Custom requires that junior personnel recognize and respect authority.

  • Fraternization defined


    • A term traditionally used to identify personal relationships that contravene the customary bounds of acceptable senior-subordinate relationships.

    • Also includes improper relationships and social interaction between officer members of different grades and enlisted members of different grades.

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    • Personal, unduly familiar relationships that do not respect differences in rank and grade are prohibited.

    Fraternization policy con t


    • Relationships that are unduly familiar between officers of different rank/grade or between enlisted members of different rank/grade are prohibited.

    • These relationships may sacrifice good order and discipline or be of such nature that they bring discredit on the Naval Service.

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    • Commands are expected to take administrative and disciplinary action as necessary.

    Prohibited relationships



    • Personal relationships that are unduly familiar between:

      • Chief Petty Officers (E-7 to E-9) and junior personnel (E-1 to E-6)

      • Officers and enlisted personnel

      • Staff/Instructor and Student Personnel

      • Recruiters and recruits/applicants

    Prohibited relationships con t



    • If such relationships exist:

      • A senior’s objectivity can be called into question.

      • It can result in actual or apparent preferential treatment.

      • It can undermine the authority of the senior member.

      • It can compromise the chain of command.

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    • Mirrors Navy policy, except that the same provisions apply to the relationship of noncommissioned officers (E-4 to E-5) with their subordinates (E-1 to E-3).

    • Personal relationships between officers and enlisted are prohibited.

    Navy and marine corps fraternization policy

    Surrounding circumstances often determine whether the conduct in question is appropriate or not.

    Proper relationships


    • Appropriate personal relationships are an important part of building unit morale and esprit de corps.

    • Examples:

      • Officer and enlisted personnel playing on the same command sports team.

      • Other command-sponsored events.

    Inappropriate behaviors


    • Behaviors considered unduly familiar and inappropriate:

      • Dating

      • Shared living accommodations

      • Intimate or sexual relations

      • Commercial solicitations

      • Private business partnerships

      • Gambling and borrowing money between officers and enlisted members



    • Article 134, UCMJ

    • Article 133, UCMJ

    • Article 92, UCMJ

    Other remedies


    • Non-punitive

    • Formal or informal counseling

    • Transfer of one or both parties

    • Evaluation or Fitness Report comments

    • NJP

    • Court-martial

    Marriage other relations


    • Conduct not excused by subsequent marriage.

    • Okay if married before commissioned.

    • If married or related, must maintain official relationship while on duty.

    • Must not be in the same chain of command.

    Nrotc fraternization

    NROTC Fraternization

    • Midshipmen are not allowed to establish relationships with enlisted (MECEPS, OCs, members of the fleet) or officers

    • Possible Exception: If you start the relationship when you are in an equivalent grade eg: The marriage exception

    • Any questions should be addressed to your unit advisor

    On cruise

    On Cruise

    • Midshipmen are subject to the UCMJ fraternization articles while on cruise (Both Navy and Marine Options)

    • In most cases, any type of social contact with enlisted personnel is prohibited during Marine Option Cruises

    • Midshipmen from NROTC Philadelphia HAVE gotten kicked out of cruises such as CORTRAMID in the past for fraternization and were subject to an investigation

    Midshipmen dating

    Midshipmen Dating

    • Midshipmen ARE allowed to date other midshipmen within the unit, however keep the following in mind

      • NROTC unit staff must be aware of the situation

      • In most cases, two midshipmen that are dating will be moved to separate companies within the battalion

      • Both MIDN must act professional to each other during all ROTC-related functions

    Fraternization consequences for midn

    Fraternization Consequences for MIDN

    • Besides being covered under the UCMJ for the MIDN, other consequences include:

      • Aptitude Probation

      • LOA

      • Disenrollment from the Program



    • Fraternization is a gender-neutral concept.

    • Seniors throughout the chain of command will:

      • Provide guidance on appropriate relationships.

      • Ensure all personnel are aware of the current policy.

      • Provide annual indoctrination/ training.

      • Address prohibited behavior.

    Responsibility con t


    • Responsibility is shared by all individuals, but ultimately rests on the senior.

    • The leader must be careful to avoid even the perception of fraternization.

    • When allegations are made, the CO must carefully study both the case at hand and the fraternization directives.

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