Accession Number:

ADA456299

Title:

Fraternization: Time for a Rational Department of Defense Standard

Descriptive Note:

Research thesis

Corporate Author:

JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S SCHOOL CHARLOTTESVILE VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

307.0

Abstract:

This thesis proposes a detailed Department of Defense DoD policy for fraternization as a major step towards clarifying this difficult issue for both individual military personnel and commanders. The author provides a brief historical account of the development of the offense of fraternization and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The thesis examines the current regulations of all five uniformed military services to illustrate and determine the causes of the confusion that surrounds this topic. The thesis also examines analogous civilian rules and international military standards to place the American military regulations in perspective and to highlight the anachronistic character of the current policy. The author proposes a normative DoD standard that avoids the internal inconsistencies inherent in the current regulatory schemes that are based primarily on service custom.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE