GOOD ORDER AND DISCIPLINE TRAINING

GOOD ORDER AND DISCIPLINE

Army Policy and Standards Update

PURPOSE
To inform soldiers and DA Civilians about changes in Army policy regarding good order and discipline as they pertain to relationships between military members of different rank.

BACKGROUND
Sec Def reviewed policies of all Services, and on 29 July 1998 determined that “all Services will, by policy, prohibit personal relationships such as dating, shared living accommodations, engaging in intimate or sexual relations, business enterprises, commercial solicitations, gambling and borrowing between officer and enlisted regardless of their Service. This change will not affect existing marriages.”

Mission
To meet this directive, the Army has revised its existing policy. The remainder of these slides highlight those changes.
The basis for these slides is AR 600-20, Paragraphs 4-14, 4-15, and 4-16 as revised.

Applicability
This revised policy applies to
Relationships between Army personnel (Active or Reserve soldiers)
Relationships between Army personnel and personnel of other military Services

The term “officer” includes both commissioned and warrant officers
This revised policy is effective immediately except as noted.

What has not Changed

The Army continues to prohibit all unprofessional relationships that:
compromise the chain of command
cause partiality or unfairness
involve the improper use of rank for personal gain
are exploitative or coercive in nature
create an adverse impact on discipline, authority, morale, or mission accomplishment

What has not Changed (cont)

 

  • What has not Changed (cont)

Relationships that present the appearance of violating any of these standards may also be prohibited.
What has Changed
Certain types of relationships between officers (commissioned and warrant) and enlisted personnel are now prohibited.
Business Relationships
Business relationships between officers and enlisted personnel are prohibited.
Exceptions
Landlord/tenant relationships
One time transactions (such as sale of an automobile or house)
For ARNG/USAR only, business relationships which exist due to their civilian occupation or employment
Business Relationships
Exceptions (cont)
Existing business relationships between officers and enlisted personnel that were authorized under previous Army policy are exempt until 1 Mar 00.
Personal Relationships
Dating, shared living accommodations, and intimate or sexual relationships between officer and enlisted are prohibited.
Exceptions to Prohibited Personal Relationships
Marriages that exist now or are entered into prior to 1 Mar 00
Relationships that violate policy only because of the promotion or change in status of one military member (for instance, two enlisted soldiers are married and one is commissioned through OCS).
Personal Relationships
Exceptions to Prohibited Personal Relationships (cont)
For ARNG/USAR only, personal relationships that exist due to civilian acquaintenanceship (unless individuals are on active duty other than Annual Training)
For Regular Army, personal relationships with a member of the ARNG/USAR that exist due to civilian (off duty) association (unless the ARNG/ USAR soldier is on active duty other than Annual Training).
Personal Relationships
Exceptions to Prohibited Personal Relationships (cont)
Existing personal relationships between officer and enlisted that were authorized under previous Army policy are exempt until 1 Mar 00.

Gambling
Gambling between officers and enlisted personnel is prohibited. There are no exceptions.
Social and Family Relationships

Associations between officer and enlisted that occur in the context of community organizations, religious activities, athletic teams and events, unit-based social functions, or family gatherings are not prohibited.
Accountability
In any relationship the senior person (by rank) is generally in the best position to terminate or limit the relationship.
All servicemembers, however, may be held accountable for relationships that violate this policy.
Commander’s Options

Wide Range of Responses
counseling/education
administrative
non-judicial punishment
court-martial
Goal is to use response that is warranted, appropriate, and fair
Other Prohibited Relationships

Any relationship between permanent party personnel and IET trainees not required by the training mission is prohibited.
Any relationship between permanent party personnel assigned or attached to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command and potential prospects, applicants, members of the Delayed Entry Program or Delayed Training Program not required by the recruiting mission is prohibited.
Conclusion
Army’s goal has not changed: a combat ready force
Army’s standards have not changed: relationships which harm unit cohesion are unacceptable
Army policy has changed: commanders are the key players in guiding soldiers through the transition