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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


History

HISTORY

  • “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

    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.


    Navy and marine corps fraternization policy1

    NAVY AND MARINE CORPS FRATERNIZATION POLICY

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


    Fraternization policy con t

    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.


    Fraternization policy con t1

    FRATERNIZATION POLICY (con’t)

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


    Prohibited relationships

    PROHIBITED RELATIONSHIPS

    NAVY

    • 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

    PROHIBITED RELATIONSHIPS (con’t)

    NAVY

    • 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.


    Prohibited relationships con t1

    PROHIBITED RELATIONSHIPS (con’t)

    MARINE CORPS

    • 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

    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

    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


    Consequences

    CONSEQUENCES

    • Article 134, UCMJ

    • Article 133, UCMJ

    • Article 92, UCMJ


    Other remedies

    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

    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


    Responsibility

    RESPONSIBILITY

    • 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 (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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