Under the Marine Corps policy, commanders are instructed to look at the facts and circumstances of each case: The Marine Corps policy regarding fraternization is the product of naval service customs.
However, some exceptions to the prohibitions exist, and fraternization between certain groups is considered acceptable.
These divisions include general officers, field grade officers, company grade officers (including warrant officers), staff non-commissioned officers and junior officers.
While marriage is not specifically prohibited, the marriage of two soldiers of different ranks can constitute fraternization if the soldiers’ duties are evidenced to be compromised by the union.
Should improper fraternization eventually result in a marriage, any improper fraternization prior to the marriage is still accountable to regulations and not “excused” or mitigated by the ensuing marriage.
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.Danielle Hill has been writing, editing and translating since 2005.She has contributed to "Globe Pequot" Barcelona travel guide, "Gulfshore Business Magazine," "Connecting Lines: New Poetry from Mexico" and "The Barcelona Review." She has trained in neuro-linguistic programming and holds a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature and literary translation from Brown University.The unquestioned obedience mandated in time of battle rests on regard and respect for authority.This respect is lessened by the failure to observe niceties of military courtesy and other traditions and customs.The relevant custom within the Marine Corps is that "duty, social, and business contacts among Marines of different grades will be consistent with traditional standards of good order and discipline and the mutual respect that has always existed between Marines of senior grade and those of lesser grade." The threat to discipline and order need not be perceived by the parties involved in the fraternization.