be assured that they also subsequently will not be the
victims of reprisal or retaliation. Leaders and
supervisors must foster a positive climate and take
appropriate corrective action when conduct is
disruptive, provoking, discriminatory, or otherwise
unprofessional. All DON personnel, military and
civilian, are accountable for their actions and are
responsible for treating others with dignity and respect.
The Navy historically has relied upon custom and
tradition to define the bounds of acceptable personal
relationships among its members. The Navy always
encourages proper social interaction among officer
and enlisted members. Unduly familiar personal
relationships between officer and enlisted members
traditionally have been contrary to naval custom. Such
relationships undermine the respect for authority that
is essential to the Navys ability to accomplish its
military mission. Naval custom prevents personnel
from using a senior grade or position to show (or give
the impression of showing) favoritism or preferential
treatment or for personal gain. It also helps prevent
officers from becoming involved in other actions that
undermine good order, discipline, authority, or unit
morale. In a like manner, custom requires that junior
personnel recognize and respect the authority inherent
in a seniors grade, rank, or position.
Fraternization is the traditional term used to
identify personal relationships that cross the usual
bounds of acceptable senior-subordinate relationships.
Although its common application applies to the
officer-enlisted relationship, fraternization also
includes improper relationships between senior and
junior officer members and between senior and junior
Fraternization is punishable as an offense under
the UCMJ when it is prejudicial to good order and
discipline or brings discredit to the naval service. This
manual cannot cite every act that may be prejudicial to
good order and discipline or is service discrediting; the
circumstances often have more to do with making the
act criminal than the act itself. However, dating,
cohabitation, or sexual intimacy between officers and
enlisted members is clearly inappropriate. A private
business partnership between officers and enlisted
persons also is inappropriate. Likewise, such conduct
between officers and between enlisted members in
which a senior-subordinate supervisory relationship
exists is equally inappropriate. Conduct that is
fraternization is not excused by a later marriage
between the offending parties.
The responsibility for preventing inappropriate
relationships rests primarily on the senior member.
The Navy expects the senior party to control and
prevent the development of inappropriate
senior-subordinate relationships. However, since the
Navys fraternization policy applies to both members,
both are accountable for their own conduct.
A review by all hands of Navy Fraternization
Policy, OPNAVINST 5370.2, is required by commands
on an annual basis.
PROGRAMSHEALTH AND FITNESS
Learning Objectives: Recognize the petty officers
responsibility in the Navys drug and alcohol abuse
prevention and control program. Recall the programs
for counseling and treating personnel with drug and/or
alcohol problems. Recall indicators of a potential
suicide. Recognize health and physical readiness
NAVY ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE
Drug and alcohol abuse is costly in terms of
administrative and judicial processing.
Additionally it is a critical draw down of
morale and esprit de corps. It undermines the
very fiber of combat readiness, safety,
Sexual harassment is NOT allowed in which
of the following situations?
On or off duty
All of the above
Although the common application of
fraternization applies to the officer-enlisted
relationship, fraternization also includes
improper relationships between officer
members and between enlisted personnel.