Regulations

 

Ever wondered exactly what those 'regulations' are that Sam and Jack always quote?

Well here they are:

http://usmilitary.about.com/library/milinfo/blfraternization.htm
http://www.af.mil/lib/fratalk.shtml

A new change to the Air Force policy prohibits relationships between Air Force military personnel and civilian employees or contract personnel if it erodes good order and discipline.

What hasn't changed:


The Air Force continues to prohibit all unprofessional relationships which:

Prejudices good order and discipline

Discredits the armed services

Operates to the personal disgrace or dishonor of the officer involved

Air Force policy states the following:
Officers will not form personal relationships with enlisted members on or off duty

Fraternization applies to relationships between males, between females and between males and females

Fraternization is one form of an unprofessional relationship. Unprofessional relationships detract from the authority of superiors or create the appearance of favoritism, misuse of office or position or the abandonment of organizational goals for personal interests

Unprofessional relationships can be between officers, enlisted members, between officers and enlisted members and between military personnel and civilian employees or contract personnel Uniquely Air Force

Air Force policy prohibits relationships between military personnel and civilian employees or contract personnel if it erodes good order and discipline.


Talking Paper on Professional and Unprofessional Relationships
(Air Force Instruction 36-2909)
Col Passey/AFJAG/224-4075/21 Jun 99
Air Force Instruction 36-2909, Professional and Unprofessional Relationships
Establishes command, supervisory and personal responsibilities for maintaining professional relationships
Applies to all active duty, Reserve, and Air National Guard members


Professional Relationships
Contribute to effective operation of Air Force
Military mission requires absolute confidence in command
Consistent with Air Force core values


Unprofessional Relationships
Detract from authority of superiors
Result in or reasonably create appearance of
Favoritism
Misuse of office or position
Abandonment of organizational goals for personal interests
Can exist between
Officer and officer
Officer and enlisted
Enlisted and enlisted
Military personnel and civilian employees or contractor personnel


General Guidelines
Certain kinds of personal relationships present high risk
Members must be sensitive to formation of professional relationships that may become unprofessional when facts or circumstances change
Avoid relationships that negatively affect morale, discipline, respect for authority and unit cohesion
Relationships Within an Organization
Familiar relationships between members may become unprofessional
Member and supervisor or commander
Members of different grades where grade difference is great
Applies to relationships with members of other armed services


Relationships with Civilian Employees and Government Contractor Personnel
Civilian employees and government contractor personnel are integral to Air Force
Military members must maintain professional relationships with civilian employees and government contractor personnel


Dating and Close Friendships
Become matters of official concern when adversely affect morale, discipline, unit cohesion, respect for authority, or mission accomplishment
May apply even when members are not in same unit or chain of command


Shared Activities
Sharing living accommodations, vacations, transportation, and off-duty interests on a frequent or recurring basis can be, or perceived to be, unprofessional
Key is frequency of activity or absence of official purpose


Recruiting, Training, Schools and Professional Military Education
Relationships during these functions present additional risks
Commands providing these functions may publish supplemental directives


Recruiting
For most members, first impression of Air Force is their contact with recruiter
This experience is a critical step in the development of Air Force members
Establishes expectations and begins formation of Air Force core values
At a minimum, recruiters will not do the following with an applicant
Date or carry on a social relationship
Seek or engage in sexual activity with, make sexual advances to, or accept sexual overtures from
Use grade, position, threats, pressure or promises to gain any personal benefit
Gamble with, lend money to, borrow money from or become indebted to
Use personal resources to provide lodging, transportation or other benefit
Same limitations apply to immediate family members of applicant


Basic Military Training and Initial Technical Training
Personal relationships with basic military and initial technical trainees must not compromise the integrity and leadership of the faculty and staff
At a minimum, faculty and staff will not do the following with a trainee
Date or carry on a social relationship
Seek or engage in sexual activity with, make sexual advances to, or accept sexual overtures from
Use grade, position, threats, pressure or promises to gain any personal benefit
Share living quarters
Gamble with, lend money to, borrow money from or become indebted to
Solicit donations from, other than for Air Force approved campaigns
Same limitations apply to immediate family members of trainee
Trainees have independent obligation


Other Training and Education Settings
Personal relationships with trainees or students must not compromise the integrity and leadership of the faculty and staff
At a minimum, faculty and staff will not do the following with a trainee or student
Date or carry on a social relationship
Seek or engage in sexual activity with, make sexual advances to, or accept sexual overtures from
Use grade, position, threats, pressure or promises to gain any personal benefit
Same limitations apply to immediate family members of trainee or student


Treatment, Care and Counseling
Persons receiving medical, psychological, pastoral, legal or other professional care or counseling may be vulnerable to service provider
Personnel providing treatment, care and counseling will not do the following with persons receiving their services
Seek or engage in sexual activity with, make sexual advances to, or accept sexual overtures from
Use their position to gain any personal benefit from
Same limitations apply to immediate family members of person receiving services


Other Relationships
Depending on circumstances, other relationships may result in adverse impact on morale, discipline and respect for authority. Examples include
Gambling
Partying with subordinates
Soliciting, making solicited sales to, or entering into business ventures with junior members (except as DoD 5500-7.R, paragraph 5-409 permits)
Air Reserve Component (ARC) Personnel when not Performing Active Duty, Full-time National Guard Duty, or Inactive Duty

Training
Commanders and supervisors should tailor application and enforcement of principles to address unique situations arising from part-time service


Fraternization (Article 134, UCMJ)
Fraternization is a personal relationship between an officer and an enlisted member that violates the customary bounds of acceptable behavior in the Air Force and prejudices good order and discipline, discredits the armed services, or operates to the personal disgrace or dishonor of the officer involved.
Custom against fraternization extends to all officer/enlisted relationships
Officers will not do the following with enlisted members
Gamble
Lend money to, borrow money from, or become indebted to
Engage in sexual relations or date
Share living accommodations (except when military operations require)
Engage on personal basis in business enterprises with, or solicit or make solicited sales to (except as permitted by Joint Ethics Regulation)


Officer/Enlisted Marriages
Not always result of fraternization
When fraternization occurs, subsequent marriage does not preclude appropriate command action
Married members expected to respect all customs and courtesies when on duty, in uniform in public, or at official social functions
Responsibility to Maintain Professional Relationships
All military members share responsibility
Senior member bears primary responsibility


Command and Supervisory Responsibility
Commanders and supervisors have authority and responsibility to maintain good order, discipline and morale
May be held accountable for failing to act in appropriate cases


Actions in Response to Unprofessional Relationships
Action should normally be least severe necessary to terminate unprofessional aspects of relationship
Full spectrum of administrative actions should be considered
Counseling, reprimand, UIF, removal from position, reassignment, demotion, delay of or removal from promotion list, adverse or referral comments in performance report, and separation.
More serious cases may warrant nonjudicial punishment
Trial by court-martial in aggravated cases
When appropriate, an order to cease relationship should be given
Violation of order subject to UCMJ action
Instances of actual favoritism, partiality, or misuse of position may constitute independent violations of the UCMJ or JER


Responses to Cases Involving Dating or Sexual Relationships
Sexual relationship is but one factor to be considered in determining response
It is impact or foreseeable consequences of conduct, not characterization of conduct, that determines seriousness
Unprofessional relationship should not be excused simply because the parties marry or one leaves the service


Training on Concepts of Unprofessional Relationships and Fraternization
Included in basic training, commissioning programs and PME curricula
Commanders, judge advocates and supervisors will be familiar with AFI 36-2909
Commanders will make certain all personnel briefed on policy at least annually