Dating Lower Ranks Soldiers

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Can Lower Ranking Soldier Date a Higher Raking Soldier?

Abstract
In order to deal with fraternization, the Army changed their policy in March of 2000; whether you are an active duty or a reserve member, the Army fraternization policies are contained in Army Regulation (AR) 600-20, Army Command Policy. This Army Regulation covers personnel actions. I will touch a very small area; relationships between soldiers of different rank are prohibited. Prior to 2000, the Army National Guard and The United States Army Reserve did not have clear rules to identify relationship guidelines.

Can The Army National ask you about your personnel Relationship? I have been a member of the Army National Guard since 1975; it has its benefits but it also comes with Army regulations that are mandated by The Department of Defense. Army Regulations are rules that govern the Army. We also have the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) it is the foundation of military law in the United States. Congress established it with the authority given by the United States Constitution. Soldiers in the Army National Guard are subject to UCMJ only if activated in a federal Capacity under Title 10 by an executive order issued by the President during Annual training periods. My situation is a little different; I am an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) I fall under Title 32.

One of the most common questions that arise is- “can a higher ranking soldier date a lower ranking soldier?” It is strictly forbidden; at no time should a subordinate be in a relationship with his or her superior. Fraternization can also be referred to as a dual relationship; in other words, the persons involved maintain a personal relationship outside of the professional one. Being involved with a person within your chain of command can have an adverse effect or a beneficiary effect, either way it’s not allowed. It’s grounds for reduction in rank, bar from re-enlistment and the worst case scenario is a...
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