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.
By long-standing custom and tradition, chief petty officers (E-7 to E-9) are separate and distinct leaders within their assigned command.
Chief petty officers provide leadership not just within their direct chain of command, but for the entire unit.
"Fraternization" is the term traditionally used to identify personal relationships that contravene the customary bounds of acceptable senior-subordinate relationships.
Personal relationships between officer and enlisted members that are unduly familiar and that do not respect differences in grade or rank are prohibited.
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.
Prejudice to good order and discipline or discredit to the Naval service may result from, but are not limited to, circumstances which: Fraternization, as defined above, is prohibited and punishable as an offense under the UCMJ.
It is impossible to set forth every act that may be prejudicial to good order and discipline or that is service discrediting because the surrounding circumstances often determine whether the conduct in question is inappropriate.
Personal relationships between officer and enlisted members that are unduly familiar and that do not respect differences in rank and grade are prohibited and violate long-standing custom and tradition of the naval service.