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Defining Wrongful Fraternization Military case law. Military case law suggests that wrongful fraternization is more easily described than defined. Usually, some other criminal offense was involved when officers were tried for this offense.
Whatever the nature of the relationship, each case was clearly decided on its own merits with a searching examination of the surrounding circumstances rather than focusing on the act itself. The legal test for describing or defining fraternization is found in United States v. Free14 C.
As we have said, the surrounding circumstances have more to do with making the act prejudicial than the act itself in many cases. Suffice it to say, then, that each case must be determined on its own merits.
The Manual for Courts-Martia l specifically includes fraternization between officerand enlisted personnel as an offense under UCMJ art.
The elements of the offense are: The regulation is punitive, so violation may be punished under Article Case law and regulatory guidance can assist in developing a template for determining improper superior-subordinate relationships or wrongful fraternization.
These relationships are most likely to generate adverse effects. Clarke25 M.
Carter23 M. March32 M. Additionally, Article has been successfully used to prosecute instances of officer-officer fraternization, United States v.
Callaway21 M. In addition to ARmany commands have published regulations and policy letters concerning fraternization. Violations of regulations or policy letters are punishable under Article 92if: The regulation or policy letter specifically regulates individual conduct without being vague or overbroad.
See United States v. Adams19 M. Moorer15 M. Hoard12 M. Service members are presumed to have knowledge of lawful general regulations if they are properly published.
Actual knowledge of regulations or policy letters issued by brigade-size or smaller organizations must be proven. See generally United States v. Mayfield21 M. Tolkack14 M. Tedder24 M. Options Available to Commanders Counsel the individuals involved. Pursue other non-punitive measures e.
Consider nonjudicial or punitive action. If the offense amounts to a social relationship between an officer and an enlisted person and violates good order and discipline, it may be charged under UCMJ art.
If the relationship violates other offenses such as adultery, sodomy, indecent acts, maltreatment, etc. Other articles may be charged depending upon the specific facts of the case. The conduct may be in violation of a regulation or order and charged under Art FroehlkeF.
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VENEREAL DISEASE PROPAGANDA. SGM Herb Friedman (Ret.) The military has always taught new troops the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases. Every soldier at some time in his basic training was forced to sit through what we used to call a "Susie Rotten-crotch" film where a soldier is shown out meeting a local female, only to appear at sick call with gonorrhea or syphilis shortly afterwards.
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At the same time, unduly familiar personal relationships between officers and enlisted members have traditionally been contrary to naval custom because they undermine the respect for authority, which is essential to Navy's ability to accomplish its military mission.