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Can flirt messages online be enough to seperate an officer

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Can flirt messages online be enough to seperate an officer from the military? The messages were between a married officer and married junior enlisted. There is no sexual relationship
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Military Law
Expert:  Allen M., Esq. replied 1 year ago.

The message alone can rise to the level of fraternization and an unprofessional relationship.

While it would be difficult to do, it certainly could result in a separation effort by command for that officer. There would have to be a board hearing and, depending on how damaging the texts were, the board could choose retention or separation.

There doesn't have to be a sexual relationship for there to be a criminal offense, particularly when there is an officer and enlistment involved.