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Prejudice to good order and discipline and discredit to the Naval service may occur when the degree of familiarity between a senior and a junior in grade or rank is such that the senior's objectivity is called into question.
This loss of objectivity by the senior may result in actual or apparent preferential treatment of the junior, and use of the senior's position for the private gain of either the senior or junior member.
Proper social interaction and appropriate personal relationships are an important part of unit morale and esprit de corps.
Officer and enlisted participation on command sports teams and other command-sponsored events intended to build unit morale and camaraderie are healthy and clearly appropriate.
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.
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.
Commands are expected to take administrative and disciplinary action as necessary to correct such inappropriate behavior.
The policies listed here are lawful general orders.
Unduly familiar relationships may exist with individuals outside one's direct chain of command.
Historically, and as used here, fraternization is a gender-neutral concept.
Its focus is the detriment to good order and discipline resulting from the erosion of respect for authority inherent in an unduly familiar senior-subordinate relationship, not the sex of the members involved.
Therefore, the prohibition of fraternization serves a valid, mission-essential purpose.
Personal relationships between officer and enlisted members that are unduly familiar and that do not respect differences in grade or rank are prohibited.