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Military Dating Rules

Military dating can either be an enjoyable experience or a nightmare. There are certain regulations pertaining to dating in the military. You need to be aware of these regulations before you find yourself in a situation. If you would like to learn more about military dating rules and how they apply in your situation, you can ask a Military lawyer to evaluate your case particulars and provide legal insight. Experts can answer any questions that you may have regarding military dating rules. Take a look at the top five questions on the subject answered by the Experts.

If command says a relationship is inappropriate, but there are no regulations against it, can the command place a field grade article 15 against the couple?

You need to speak with JAG on this topic. Even without a regulation that keeps you from dating this person, your command obviously doesn't approve. Your commander can take you to courts martial and he can also place an Art 15. Read this portion from the AR:

“Relationships between Soldiers of different rank are prohibited if they— (1) Compromise, or appear to compromise, the integrity of supervisory authority or the chain of command. (2) Cause actual or perceived partiality or unfairness. (3) Involve, or appear to involve, the improper use of rank or position for personal gain. (4) Are, or are perceived to be, exploitative or coercive in nature. (5) Create an actual or clearly predictable adverse impact on discipline, authority, morale, or the ability of the command to accomplish its mission.”

If an enlisted naval 1st class is abusive to his civilian girlfriend, who should the girlfriend contact? NCIS or the sailor's commanding officer?

You can contact NCIS or you can go to the command. If your boyfriend is abusive, you need to contact the 1st Class' commanding officer. The commanding officer will be able to begin the investigation and also prosecute the abuse. The most important issue right now would be your safety. Your boyfriends CO can also issue an MPO which should keep your boyfriend from having any form of contact with you. When you speak to his CO, you need to tell them that you want the military protection order. If you don't know how to reach your boyfriends commander, contact the Base Personnel officer on the base where your boyfriend is stationed. Give the officer the name of your boyfriend and the officer will give you the contact information you will need to contact the CO.

Are there any rules against an enlisted Navy sailor dating a 17 yr old civilian?

Under the USMJ, the sailor hasn't committed a crime as long as your daughter is consensual to the relationship. You could speak with the sailor's commanding officer and perhaps ask them to discourage the relationship. There really isn't much that the Navy will do in regards to the sailor dating your daughter. There are steps that you can take to end the relationship. Because of your daughters age, you still have some form of parental control over what she does and who she see's. You can refuse to let the sailor come to your house, forbid your daughter to see the sailor, or make his visits to your home very uncomfortable.

Can a US soldier get into trouble for dating a married/ separated civilian?

Generally, the UCMJ will not charge a soldier with adultery if the person who is married, happens to be separated. However, the UCMJ will charge the soldier if the involvement begins to interfere with the soldier's performance or if the relationship brings discredit to the service. If the soldier's relationship doesn't affect the routine and doesn't bring negative attention to the military, usually, no action will be taken.

Is there a regulation against a specialist dating a sergeant in the same company who is not in the chain of command or in the NCO support channel?

AR 600-20. That is the regulation that controls. Para 4-14 is the key:
“b. Relationships between Soldiers of different rank are prohibited if they— (1) Compromise, or appear to compromise, the integrity of supervisory authority or the chain of command. (2) Cause actual or perceived partiality or unfairness. (3) Involve, or appear to involve, the improper use of rank or position for personal gain. (4) Are, or are perceived to be, exploitative or coercive in nature. (5) Create an actual or clearly predictable adverse impact on discipline, authority, morale, or the ability of the command to accomplish its mission.”

Your relationship isn't breaking regulation IF you are not in violation of any of the above mentioned factors. However, if your commanding officer is against the relationship, you may run the risk of a courts martial or accepting an Art 15.

Military dating rules and regulations can be confusing for someone who has never dealt with military issues. When you become involved with someone in the military, you want to make sure you stay on the right side of those rules and regulations. If you have questions or concerns, ask a military Lawyer to answer your questions and offer legal insights based on an assessment of your situation.
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