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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 h interpersonal relationships within the coast guard

PERSMAN 8-HInterpersonal Relationships Within the Coast Guard

Presented by:LCDR Sharif Abdrabbo, USCGR

Ninth District Legal Office

slide2

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.
slide3

Types of Relationships

  • Acceptable
  • Unacceptable
  • Prohibited
slide4

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.
slide5

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.
slide11

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.
slide14

Bottom Line

Is an inappropriate relationship

worth risking your CAREER??

slide15

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
slide17

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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