Military rules specifically forbid relationships between troops of different grades. While the forbidden connection is officer/enlisted solider, it also applies to any two separate grades of soldier. This rule exists to prevent conflicts of interest where one person's rank may affect how they are treated by their superiors or how their duties are assigned.
In addition to these restrictions, military policy also restricts relationships between soldiers and non-military individuals. This rule exists to prevent situations in which a soldier might be forced to act against his or her will or coerced into doing things against his or her morals. If this situation were to occur, it could cause psychological problems for both parties involved.
The final restriction on military dating involves race. Because black Americans and Hispanic Americans make up a large portion of the population within the military community, many officials believe that including them among your dates would create a problem for someone who is not used to having people of different races as friends or colleagues.
However, there are times when military officers are allowed to have affairs with women outside of their ranks. These occasions usually arise when a senior officer is given special permission to do so. For example, a general might allow himself to be dated by a female private first class in order to have some time off duty without worrying about being punished for breaking the rules.
All branches of the United States military have rules in place that control dating and fraternization between officers and enlisted soldiers. Improper fraternization has been a criminal violation since 1984. Enlisted men and women who date while they are serving in the armed forces may face punishment ranging from reprimand to court-martial. Officers who date will usually be counseled on their conduct but not necessarily punished.
The crime of fraternization exists at all levels of army personnel. At the lowest level, private first class (PFJ), those found guilty of fraternization can be sentenced to up to one year in prison, a fine of $5,000, or both. Those found guilty of fraternizing while in a position of authority over another person can be charged with sexual harassment, which is a form of discrimination against women. This offense can result in up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $125,000. Those who engage in illicit relationships while attending school or training programs will often be subject to separate laws called "honor codes." These offenses can include discharge from the service if the soldier is under 18 years old. Soldiers who engage in sexual activity with each other can also be prosecuted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
Officers who date will often be counseled by their superiors on their conduct.
Military Marriage Regulations "Military fraternization" is likewise governed by a set of norms. Among other things, such rules state that an enlisted person and an officer cannot marry. For example, if two military personnel marry and one of them subsequently becomes an officer, the marriage is allowed. However, if an officer marries an enlisted person, the marriage is considered illegal and therefore void.
The reason for this rule is that officers are not permitted to have any kind of relationship with their subordinates. If an officer married an enlisted person, it would be like saying that the enlisted person was important enough to affect the way in which the officer carried out his or her duties. As well, this would create a situation where the officer would be giving himself or herself away, which is also not allowed.
There are exceptions to this rule. For example, if one partner in the marriage is about to be deployed, the other can agree to take on some of the responsibilities of that role. If there is still love between the partners, then it is likely that they will get back together after the deployment is over.
Love isn't always enough to save a marriage, though. If the agreement between the partners includes that the officer will assume all of the responsibilities associated with being an officer (e.g., serving as a leader), then the marriage is considered invalid.
In conclusion, an enlisted person can't marry an officer.
If two soldiers of the same rank marry and one of them is promoted, every care will be made to keep them from being in a direct chain of command. Fraternization bans can apply to any two troops of different ranks and everywhere there is an instructor/student connection, even within the same squad. Generally speaking, officers can marry only other officers. In the modern army, marriage between soldiers of different nations is allowed if it doesn't affect military operations.
In the Israeli Army, soldiers are prohibited from marrying each other. However, there is an exception when both parties agree. The prohibition exists to prevent marital problems from affecting duty performance. If an officer-candidate knows that another officer is his or her preferred choice, then this fact is taken into account during the selection process.
In the U.S. Army, marriages between soldiers of the same rank are allowed as long as they don't interfere with their duties. However, if one spouse is deemed necessary by the other, they may ask to substitute themselves for the absent spouse. If this substitution happens too often, then it could lead to disciplinary action against the fraternizing soldiers.
Marriage is a legal contract between two people and as such requires certain elements of consent. Without this mutual agreement, there can be no marriage and thus no legal protection afforded to spouses under the law.