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                       GOOD ORDER AND
                         DISCIPLINE
                     Army Policy and Standards Update
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                     PURPOSE
    • To inform soldiers and DA Civilians about
      changes in Army policy regarding good
      order and discipline as they pertain to
      relationships between military members of
      different rank.
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                     BACKGROUND
         Sec Def reviewed policies of all Services, and on 29 July
         1998 determined that “all Services will, by policy, prohibit
         personal relationships such as dating, shared living
         accommodations, engaging in intimate or sexual relations,
         business enterprises, commercial solicitations, gambling
         and borrowing between officer and enlisted regardless of
         their Service. This change will not affect existing
         marriages.”
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                     Mission
    • To meet this directive, the Army has revised
      its existing policy. The remainder of these
      slides highlight those changes.
    • The basis for these slides is AR 600-20,
      Paragraphs 4-14, 4-15, and 4-16 as revised.
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                       Applicability
    • This revised policy applies to
           – Relationships between Army personnel (Active
             or Reserve soldiers)
           – Relationships between Army personnel and
             personnel of other military Services
    • The term “officer” includes both
      commissioned and warrant officers
    • This revised policy is effective immediately
      except as noted.
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                     What has not Changed
    • The Army continues to prohibit all
      unprofessional relationships that:
           – compromise the chain of command
           – cause partiality or unfairness
           – involve the improper use of rank for personal
             gain
           – are exploitative or coercive in nature
           – create an adverse impact on discipline,
             authority, morale, or mission accomplishment
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            What has not Changed (cont)

    • Relationships that present the appearance of
      violating any of these standards may also be
      prohibited.
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COMMANDER-STAFF OFFICER
   • Male Bn Cdr (LTC) sees a female 2LT on his staff as an
     outstanding officer w/much potential. He takes personal
     interest in her career counseling, singles her out at social
     functions, invites her to attend staff meetings with him, etc.
     Jr male & female officers in battalion hint at a sexual
     relationship although that is not true.
   • Relationship clearly causes a perception of partiality or
     favoritism, adversely affecting morale.
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STAFF OFFICER-STAFF OFFICER
    • HQ staff officer (COL) meets another staff officer (CPT)
      at work. There is no supervisory relationship. They date
      for several months and plan a week-end away together.
      Unfortunately due to another officer’s sudden illness, the
      CPT is tasked for week-end duty. The COL calls his
      friend, the SGS and prevails upon their friendship to find
      another officer to pull the duty.
    • This is preferential treatment arising from the relationship
      between the two officers. There is nothing wrong with
      their dating, however the COL taking advantage of his
      position to gain the CPT’s release from duty is wrong.
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                     NCO-JR ENLISTED
    • A SGT is promoted ahead of his peers. He and his wife
      continue to socialize with his unit friends who were PFCs
      and SPCs. When the Cdr learned that the SGT was
      continuing to socialize with his subordinates, he counseled
      him regarding relationships that could undermine unit
      discipline. He stressed the need to avoid actual or
      perceived favoritism, preferential treatment, etc.
    • There is nothing inherently wrong with social relationships
      among enlisted of different ranks. However, a new rank
      carries different responsibilities and authority. If this
      familiarity with friends is perceived as favoritism, it could
      undermine the SGT’s authority and erode discipline in his
      unit.
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         ENLISTED-NCO SUPERVISOR
    • A female SPC clerk is taking evening computer classes
      and is aware of a good job coming open in the HQs. She
      needs a firm recommendation to get that job. Her current
      supervisor is acquainted w/the officer who will make the
      selection. The SPC invites her supervisor for a drink after
      work. They meet a few more times after work and he
      agrees to write a letter of recommendation.
    • She fostered a personal relationship to secure a benefit. It
      is improper to use a personal relationship for personal,
      work-related gain.
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                     What has Changed

    • Certain types of relationships between
      officers (commissioned and warrant) and
      enlisted personnel are now prohibited.
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                     Business Relationships
    • Business relationships between officers and
      enlisted personnel are prohibited.
    • Exceptions
           – Landlord/tenant relationships
           – One time transactions (such as sale of an automobile or
             house)
           – For ARNG/USAR only, business relationships which
             exist due to their civilian occupation or employment
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                     Business Relationships
    • Exceptions (cont)
           – Existing business relationships between officers
             and enlisted personnel that were authorized
             under previous Army policy are exempt until
             1 Mar 00.
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                     Personal Relationships
    • Dating, shared living accommodations, and
      intimate or sexual relationships between officer
      and enlisted are prohibited.
    • Exceptions to Prohibited Personal Relationships
           – Marriages that exist now or are entered into prior to
             1 Mar 00
           – Relationships that violate policy only because of the
             promotion or change in status of one military member
             (for instance, two enlisted soldiers are married and one
             is commissioned through OCS).
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                     Personal Relationships
       • Exceptions to Prohibited Personal Relationships
                            (cont’d)
           – For ARNG/USAR only, personal relationships that
             exist due to civilian acquaintanceship (unless
             individuals are on active duty other than Annual
             Training)
           – For Regular Army, personal relationships with a
             member of the ARNG/USAR that exist due to civilian
             (off duty) association (unless the ARNG/ USAR
             soldier is on active duty other than Annual Training).
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        RESERVE OFFICER-ENLISTED
    • A Reserve CPT is dating a Reserve SGT. They are drill
      status, in the same unit and no supervisory relationship
      exists. They began dating after running into each other at
      the mall and striking up a conversation.
    • The prohibition against dating does not apply to them
      because their relationship exists primarily due to a civilian
      acquaintanceship. They are covered by the Reserve
      exception in para 4-14c(2)(D)
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        RESERVE OFFICER-ENLISTED
    • An AGR CPT initiates a personal dating relationship with
      a drill status PFC who attends week-end drills in the same
      Reserve Center but in a different unit. He does not
      supervise her.
    • Their relationship is a violation of the policy because the
      CPT is active duty and the Reserve exception does not
      apply to USAR members on active duty.
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                     Personal Relationships
    • Exceptions to Prohibited Personal
      Relationships (cont)
           – Existing personal relationships between officer
             and enlisted that were authorized under
             previous Army policy are exempt until
             1 Mar 00.
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                     Gambling

    • Gambling between officers and enlisted
      personnel is prohibited. There are no
      exceptions.
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     Social and Family Relationships
    • Associations between officer and enlisted
      that occur in the context of community
      organizations, religious activities, athletic
      teams and events, unit-based social
      functions, or family gatherings are not
      prohibited.
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                     Accountability
    • In any relationship the senior person (by
      rank) is generally in the best position to
      terminate or limit the relationship.
    • All servicemembers, however, may be held
      accountable for relationships that violate
      this policy.
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                     Commander’s Options
    • Wide Range of Responses
           –    counseling/education
           –    administrative
           –    non-judicial punishment
           –    court-martial
    • Goal is to use response that is warranted,
      appropriate, and fair
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         Other Prohibited Relationships
    • Any relationship between permanent party
      personnel and IET trainees not required by
      the training mission is prohibited.
    • Any relationship between permanent party
      personnel assigned or attached to the U.S.
      Army Recruiting Command and potential
      prospects, applicants, members of the
      Delayed Entry Program or Delayed
      Training Program not required by the
      recruiting mission is prohibited.
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                     Conclusion
    • Army’s goal has not changed: a combat
      ready force
    • Army’s standards have not changed:
      relationships which harm unit cohesion are
      unacceptable
    • Army policy has changed: commanders are
      the key players in guiding soldiers through
      the transition

								
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