Navy dating policy
Proper social interaction among officer and enlisted members has always been encouraged as it enhances unit morale and esprit de corps.At the same time, unduly familiar personal relationships between officers and enlisted members have traditionally been contrary to naval custom because they undermine the respect for authority, which is essential to Navy's ability to accomplish its military mission.However, some exceptions to the prohibitions exist, and fraternization between certain groups is considered acceptable.These divisions include general officers, field grade officers, company grade officers (including warrant officers), staff non-commissioned officers and junior officers.Examples of fraternization include going to one another’s private homes or to clubs together, dating, sexual activities or any kind of favoritism.The senior ranking officer in such situations is considered to have greater ability to promptly discontinue any behaviors in breach of policy, but both soldiers are considered equally accountable.
Personal relationships between officer and enlisted members that are unduly familiar and that do not respect differences in grade or rank are prohibited.
Over 200 years of seagoing experience have demonstrated that seniors must maintain thoroughly professional relationships with juniors at all times.
This custom recognizes the need to prevent the use of a senior grade or position in such a way that it results in (or gives the appearance of) favoritism, preferential treatment, personal gain, or involves actions that otherwise may reasonably be expected to undermine good order, discipline, authority, or high unit morale.
Should two soldiers of the same rank be married and one of them receive a promotion, all precautions will be taken to avoid putting them in a direct line of command.
Fraternization prohibitions can apply to any two soldiers of differing ranks and wherever an instructor/student relationship is present, even within a particular group.