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I am an AF Officer and met my current girlfriend when i was

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I am an AF Officer and met my current girlfriend when i was in school and she at another nearby college. For financial reasons, she chose to go Army reserves (enlisted). What is the risk if we continued this relationship?
JA: Because education law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: This was in CO.
JA: Have you talked to anyone in the chain of command about this?
Customer: Not yet no
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Military Law
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 10 months ago.

Are either of you married? or are you both single?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Both single
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 10 months ago.


Thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience, including experience with the DoD. I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

You probaby have little reason to be concerned. Although the Military rues agains fraternization sdoes apply across service branches it is difficult for the elements for a violation to be met across services. This is because it must be proven that the fraternization undermines the good order of the military. Specifically, Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice states that when the conduct "has compromised the chain of command, resulted in the appearance of partiality, or otherwise undermined good order, discipline, authority, or morale," then it is actionable.

Also legal marriage is a defense to the charge in any case.

So you should have no problem.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
would you suggest letting my chain know and then seeing how they react?
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 10 months ago.

If you are willing to follow the direction of the command you can ask for an opinion by the command JAG.

Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 10 months ago.

Honestly, you are certainly fine continuing the relationship. It seems extraordinarily unlikely that your relationship would have any impact on the good order of the military.

Good luck.

Kind regards,