While the existence of a direct senior-subordinate supervisory relationship is not a prerequisite for a relationship between juniors and seniors to constitute fraternization, the fact that individuals are in the same chain of command increases the likelihood that an unduly familiar relationship between senior and junior officers, or between senior and junior enlisted members will result in prejudice to good order and discipline or discredit to the naval service.Conduct, which constitutes fraternization, is not excused or mitigated by a subsequent marriage between the offending parties.
Although it has most commonly been applied to officer-enlisted relationships, fraternization also includes improper relationships and social interaction between officer members as well as between enlisted members.
Historically, and as used here, fraternization is a gender-neutral concept.
Unduly familiar relationships may exist with individuals outside one's direct chain of command.
By long-standing custom and tradition, chief petty officers (E-7 to E-9) are separate and distinct leaders within their assigned command.
Personal relationships between chief petty officers (E-7 to E-9) and junior personnel (E-l to E-6), who are assigned to the same command, that are unduly familiar and that do not respect differences in grade or rank are prohibited.
Likewise, personal relationships that are unduly familiar between staff/instructor and student personnel within Navy training commands, and between recruiters and recruits/applicants that do not respect differences in grade, rank, or the staff/student relationship are prohibited.Such relationships are prejudicial to good order and discipline and violate long-standing traditions of the Naval service.c.When prejudicial to good order or of a nature to bring discredit on the Naval service, personal relationships between officer members or between enlisted members that are unduly familiar and that do not respect differences in grade or rank are prohibited.In the context of military life, the potential erosion of respect for the authority and leadership position of a senior in grade or rank can have an enormously negative effect on good order and discipline and seriously undermine a unit's effectiveness.Therefore, prohibition of fraternization serves a valid, mission essential purpose.a.Proper social interaction among officer and enlisted members has always been encouraged as it enhances unit morale and esprit de corps.