The guidelines regarding dating vary depending upon rank, but apply regardless of gender or direct lines of command. Military regulations chiefly regulate against dating between two soldiers of different ranks. Military policy in all branches prohibits all kinds of fraternization between soldiers of different grades; while the prohibited relationship is officer/enlisted solider, it also applies to any two different grades of soldier.Whether or not they are in a direct line of command is immaterial.Furthermore, the policy prohibits the borrowing and lending of money (no de minimis exception), and commercial solicitations, between officers and enlisted personnel.There is an exception for Guard and Reserve Soldiers when the relationship exists primarily due to civilian employment. Team-Building Relationships Social contacts between officers and enlisted members, or between Soldiers of different ranks, in forums such as community organizations, church activities, sports events, family gatherings, and unit social functions are permitted. Enforcement of Policy The policy recognizes that commanders are responsible for enforcing the terms and conditions of the policy.The regulation also prohibits relationships between trainees and permanent party Soldiers, even when the same rank, as well as recruits and recruiters. Personal Relationships Between Soldiers of Different Ranks The policy strictly prohibits relationships between Soldiers of different rank (whether the relationships are officer-officer, officer-enlisted, or enlisted-enlisted, but does not preclude relationships based on position, e.g.CO and XO where both are 0-3s) that have any of the following effects:• Actually or appear to compromise the integrity of supervisory authority or the chain of command.• Cause actual or perceived partiality or unfairness.• Involve or appear to involve the improper use of rank or position for personal gain.• Are, or are perceived to be, exploitative in nature.• Cause an actual or clearly predictable adverse impact on discipline, authority, morale or the command's ability to accomplish its mission. Business Relationships and Gambling All business relationships between officers and enlisted service members, except for landlord-tenant relationships and one-time business transactions (such as the sale of a car) are prohibited.
There is an exception for Guard and Reserve Soldiers when the relationship exists primarily due to civilian acquaintanceship as long as they are not in an activated status.Gambling between officers and enlisted personnel is strictly prohibited, e.g. It also recognizes, however, that all military personnel share the responsibility for maintaining professional relationships.1) Responsibility of All Soldiers While the senior member in a relationship generally is in the best position to terminate or limit the relationship; the policy holds accountable all Soldiers concerned who violate the policy.2) Commanders' Options Commanders have a wide variety of options at their disposal in addressing violations of the policy.