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PERSMAN 8-H Interpersonal Relationships Within the Coast Guard. Presented by: LCDR Sharif Abdrabbo, USCGR Ninth District Legal Office . Policy Behind Rules. Mission Success An environment of mutual respect and trust inspires teamwork. Military Discipline

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PERSMAN 8-HInterpersonal Relationships Within the Coast Guard

Presented by:LCDR Sharif Abdrabbo, USCGR

Ninth District Legal Office


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Policy Behind Rules

Mission Success

  • An environment of mutual respect and trust inspires teamwork.

  • Military Discipline

    • Relationships that raise even the perception of unfairness undermine good order and discipline.

  • Custom & Tradition

    • Longstanding naval customs & traditions have established boundaries of appropriate behavior, especially between officer and enlisted.


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    Types of Relationships

    • Acceptable

    • Unacceptable

    • Prohibited


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    Acceptable Relationships

    Service custom recognizes that personal relationships

    are acceptable as long as they DO NOT:

    • Jeopardize the members’ impartiality.

    • Undermine respect for authority.

    • Result in members improperly using relationship for personal gain.

    • Violate the UCMJ.


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    Examples of Acceptable Relationships

    • Crewmembers going to an occasional movie, dinner, concert, or other social event.

    • Members jogging or participating in wellness or recreational activities together.


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    Unacceptable Relationships

    Supervisors and subordinates in private business together.

    Supervisors and subordinates in romantic relationships with

    each other:

    • CPOs (E7-E9) and junior enlisted (E4 and below)

    • Members assigned to same small shore unit (<60)

    • Members assigned to the same cutter

      Any relationship that disrupts the conduct of daily business.


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    Prohibited Relationships

    These relationships are ALWAYS PROHIBITED, regardless of the rank, grade, or position of the persons involved:

    • Engaging in sexually intimate behavior on any CG vesselor in any CG controlled workplace.

    • Romantic relationships between O & E outside of marriage.

    • Personal & romantic relationships between instructors and students at a training command.

    • Fraternization between O & E.


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    Fraternization

    The criminal prohibition of certain conduct between O & E,

    as set forth in the UCMJ.

    Interpersonal relationships between O & E and fraternization

    areNOT synonymous.


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    Fraternization

    • Elements of the offense under the UCMJ:

    • The accused is a commissioned or warrant officer.

    • The accused fraternized on terms of military equality with one or more enlisted in a certain manner.

    • The accused knew other person was enlisted.

    • The association violated a custom of the service.

    • Under the circumstances, the conduct of the accused was prejudicial to good order and discipline.


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    Customs of the Service

    • Officer/enlisted relationships are OK as long as they do not jeopardize impartiality, undermine respect for authority, or result in use of relationship for personal gain.

    • Officer/enlisted prohibition includes members of other services.

    • Marriage is OK but it doesn’t mitigate earlier fraternization.


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    Command Responses to Relationships

    Acceptable

    • No action needed/taken

      Unacceptable

    • Direct members to terminate relationship

    • Counsel, reassign, or separate member(s)

      Prohibited

    • UCMJ action available


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    Prohibited Relationships

    These relationships are ALWAYS PROHIBITED, regardless

    of rank, grade, or position of the persons involved:

    • Engaging in sexually intimate behavior on any CG vessel or in any CG controlled workplace.

    • Romantic relationships between O & E outside of marriage.

    • Personal & romantic relationships between instructors and students at a training command.

    • Fraternization between O & E.


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    Bottom Line

    Is an inappropriate relationship

    worth risking your CAREER??


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    Ninth District Cases

    XPO Station Saginaw

    • Adultery with E-3.

    • Mast, Relieved for Cause

      Station Supervisor Washington Island

    • Adultery with E-3

    • Mast, Relieved for Cause

      Group Sault-Ste Marie

    • Adultery among non-rates

    • Mast for all members


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    Recent Cases

    • O-5 relieved of command & removed from senior service school:

      • Engaged in an inappropriate romantic relationship with an individual for whom the command provided regulatory oversight.

  • E-6 convicted by a summary court-martial:

    • while serving in a combat zone,

    • failed to obey order not to engage in direct physical contact w/other members of the armed forces by touching, hugging, and kissing another member.

    • received punitive letter of reprimand

    • reduction to pay grade E-5

    • fine of $1,500


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    Recent Cases

    • O-4 permanently relieved as XO:

      • Conduct created impression of inappropriate interpersonal relationships with the crew.

        E-7 permanently relieved of command:

      • Engaged in inappropriate relationship with XPO.

      • Was removed from a CWO appointment list.

        O-5 permanently relieved of command:

      • Engaged in an inappropriate relationship with JO within the command.


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    Recent Cases

    • O-2 permanently removed from the O-3 promotion list:

      • Engaged in an inappropriate romantic relationship with the CO.

        O-2 commission was revoked:

      • Engaged in a prohibited relationship with another officer in the wardroom despite verbal warnings from the supervisor.


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    Recent Cases

    CO relieved for cause :

    • CO of a major LANTAREA cutter engaged in a prohibited relationship with JO aboard the cutter.

    • CO received punitive letter of reprimand.

    • Relieved of command at Admiral’s mast.

      “No Matter How Egregious or Minor The Offense, Such Conduct Is Unacceptable and Inexcusable.”

  • -VADM Hull

  • P 041908Z JUN 04 COMLANTAREA COGARD PORTSMOUTH VA//A// 041


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    Sex

    • Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.

      • - Lord Chesterfield (1694 - 1773)

  • Sex: the thing that takes up the least amount of time and causes the most amount of trouble.

    • – John Barrymore (1882 - 1942)


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    Final Thoughts

    “The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.”

    -Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859)

    “Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold – but so does a hard-boiled egg.”

    -Anonymous


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