officers and enlisted members are contrary to naval
custom. They undermine the respect for authority that
is essential to the Navys ability to accomplish its
Over 200 years of seagoing experience has
demonstrated that seniors must maintain thoroughly
professional relationships with juniors at all times.
This custom helps prevent seniors from using (or
giving the impression of using) their positions to
show favoritism or preferential treatment or for
personal gain. It also helps prevent seniors from
becoming involved in other actions that undermine
good order, discipline, authority, or high unit morale.
Custom requires that junior personnel recognize and
respect the authority inherent in a seniors grade,
rank, or position.
Fraternization is any unduly familiar personal
relationship that does not respect differences in rank
and grade between an officer and an enlisted member.
It also includes senior-subordinate supervisory
relationships between officers and between enlisted
The Uniform Code of Military Justice provides
for punishment when fraternization is prejudicial to
good order and discipline or brings discredit to the
naval service. We cannot name every act that may be
classified as fraternization.
circumstances often have more to do with making the
act criminal than the act itself. However, dating,
cohabitation, or sexual intimacy between officer and
enlisted members is clearly inappropriate. A private
business partnership between an officer and enlisted
member is also inappropriate.
conduct between officers and between enlisted
members when a senior-subordinate supervisory
relationship exists is equally inappropriate. Conduct
that constitutes fraternization is not excused by a
subsequent marriage between the offending parties.
The responsibility for preventing inappropriate
relationships rests primarily on the senior. The senior
is expected to control and prevent the development of
inappropriate senior-subordinate relationships.
However, since the Navys fraternization policy
applies to both seniors and juniors, both are
accountable for their conduct. OPNAVINST 5370.2
contains additional information on fraternization.
Sexual harassment is not an amusing or trivial
It negatively affects the morale and
productivity of service members and results in
negative consequences for team building and mission
accomplishment. It may also be a violation of many
articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The
Navys Equal Opportunity Manual defines sexual
harassment as the following:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for
sexual favors, and other verbal or physical
conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual
harassment when (1) submission to such
conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly
a term or condition of a persons job, pay, or
career; (2) submission to or rejection of such
conduct by a person is used as a basis for
career or employment decisions affecting the
person; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or
effect of interfering with an individuals
performance or creating an intimidating,
hostile, or offensive environment.
The Navys long tradition of military
professionalism results from positive, aggressive
leadership and its history of taking care of all Navy
Commanders, supervisors, and
subordinates are all responsible to provide an
environment free from sexual harassment.
includes refraining from practicing prohibitive
behavior and actively countering and reporting such
actions promptly. Refer to SECNAVINST 5300.26
and OPNAVINST 5300.9 for more information on
FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM
The mission of the Family Support Program is to
increase the Navys awareness of, and access to,
useful and reliable information, resources, and
services that support and enrich the lives of Navy
families as well as single members.
Support Program includes three primary branches:
(1) Family Services, (2) Overseas Duty Support, and
(3) Family Advocacy.
The Family Services branch is a worldwide
network of Family Services Centers (FSCs). These
centers offer a wide range of services. The following
are some of the services offered at an FSC:
Family, marriage, personal, and child
Pre/during/post deployment programs