Army regulation on officer dating enlisted
Any relationship between Soldiers of different ranks, which is too personal in nature, will cause problems in a unit -- it's simply a matter of time.This is why the Army expressly prohibits relationships that meet any of the five criteria.For instance, the "business relationships" clause doesn't apply to a landlord-tenant relationship, and one-time transactions like the sale of a car from one soldier to another are allowed.Also, any relationship between permanent party training personnel and soldiers not required by the training mission is prohibited.Commanders have a wide range of responses available including counseling, reprimand, order to cease, reassignment, administrative action or adverse action. 4-15 outlines the final category of prohibited relationships, which are focused on Initial Entry Training Soldiers and potential recruits.Any relationship between permanent party personnel and IET Soldiers not required by the training mission is prohibited.The Army also prohibits relationships between certain categories of Soldiers, regardless of any command or unit affiliation.Previously, certain types of personal relationships between officers and enlisted personnel were prohibited in writing, while long standing military tradition proscribed personal relationships between NCOs and junior enlisted personnel.
Essentially the rules seek to prevent inappropriate relationships between higher-ranking personnel and their subordinates.-- You are a sergeant who calls select Soldiers by their first names.-- You are a Soldier who enjoys working on computers, so you help out the battalion command sergeant major with his home computer during your free time.Such relationships were not specifically covered under the Army policy until recently but were considered unwritten rules.
And there are some situations where the above rules don't apply.-- Dating, shared living accommodations other than those directed by operational requirements, and intimate or sexual relationships. That same paragraph also addresses when prohibitions on personal/intimate relationships between officers and enlisted Soldiers or NCOs and junior enlisted Soldiers do not apply.