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A Staff Sergeant I know is involving himself in a relationship with a female private. They met at an official military function, however, she is not in his unit/direct chain of command. Is this a punishable offense? Or is it just unprofessional?

My opinion is that it is because it can present the impression that it is a coercive relationship. I'd appreciate feedback.
 
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Let me clarify relationship. He has had her over to his house, had her stay the night, etc. While she is not in his chain of command, and it is a National Guard unit, I feel that it appears by nature to be coercive (a 28 year old SSG hitting on an 18-19 year old private) and is contradictory towards good order and discipline. However, maybe I am 'old school' or maybe my units in the active Army were just stricter. I want to make sure that I am no overreacting.
 
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Relationships between Soldiers of different rank are prohibited if they—
(1) Compromise, or appear to compromise, the integrity of supervisory authority or the chain of command.
(2) Cause actual or perceived partiality or unfairness.
(3) Involve, or appear to involve, the improper use of rank or position for personal gain.
(4) Are, or are perceived to be, exploitative or coercive in nature.
(5) Create an actual or clearly predictable adverse impact on discipline, authority, morale, or the ability of the
command to accomplish its mission.

Straight from the reg.
 
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If they are not in the same Company (and just to cover your ass I would say BN as well) then they are fine. Yes he outranks her and is older than her but essentially has no military authority over her (other than general military) then they are good to go. I have seen a CSM involved with a SPC (similar situation, but they were active duty and not even in the same Division). JAG looked into it and blessed off on it. What about it do you see as being contrary to good order and discipline? Given the fact that this is a national guard unit I would say that there is even less of a problem because their chances of official interaction are so small....Do you have a problem with the 10 year age difference or the rank difference? I have seen relationships with a lot more than 10 years between the two (me and my wife have 6 years between us). If the private was also in her mid 20's (by no means unheard of) would you still have the same problem?


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Posts: 609 | Location: National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA | Registered: 26 October 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post

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It appears that andyv has some other motive, and if I am picking this up from the internet, then don't think for a second that everyone around you isn't going to smell the same thing.

Its a Guard unit, and not the same unit. So whatever relationship you had with the PVT or SSG (or wanted to) just drop it. In the end you'll look like a slimeball if you try pressing it.
 
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