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1 Professional and Unprofessional Relationships2111
2 Overview AFI 36-2909 Professional Relations Unprofessional RelationshipsFraternizationResponsibilitiesPersonal/Commander/SupervisorCourses of ActionsAdministrative/PunitiveLegalitiesUCMJ/Maximum PunishmentCase Studies3222
3 AFI 36-2909, Professional and Unprofessional Relationships Applies To All Air Force PersonnelActive DutyAir National GuardAir Force Reserves4333
4 Professional Relations Professional Relations Are Those That Contribute to the Effective Operation of the Air Force.Personnel Are Encouraged to Communicate Freely With Superiors Regarding Their Careers, Performance, Duties, and Missions.5444
5 Unprofessional Relationships (UPR) Any personal relationship, whether pursued on or off-duty, that detracts from the authority of superiors or result in, or reasonably create the appearance of, favoritism, misuse of office or position, or the abandonment of organizational goals for personal interests6555
6 UPRs - Factors to Consider Unprofessional relationships can exist between:OfficersEnlisted membersOfficers and enlisted membersMilitary members and civilian workers7666
7 AFI 36-2909 Specific Situations Relationships Within An Organization.Personal relationships between members of different grades or positions in these categories can easily become unprofessional.As differences in grade increase, even without command or supervisory relationship, the risk of UPR or perceived UPR, increases.Seniors always have authority over juniors.8777
8 AFI 36-2909 Specific Situations Dating And Close Friendships:Subject to the same policy considerations as other relationships. Become a matter of official concern when they adversely affect morale, discipline, unit cohesion, respect for authority, or mission accomplishment.Relationships between superiors and subordinates invariably raise the perception of favoritism or misuse of position.9888
9 AFI 36-2909 Specific Situations Officer/Enlisted MarriagesAn officer married to an enlisted member is not by itself fraternization.When evidence of fraternization does exist, subsequent marriage does not preclude prosecution.Regardless of how marriage came to be, members are expected to respect all customs and courtesies when on duty or in uniform in public.10999
10 FraternizationA personal relationship between an officer and enlisted member which violates the customary bounds of acceptable behavior in the Air Force and prejudices good order and discipline, discredits the armed services, or operates to the personal disgrace or dishonor of the officer involved.11101010
11 (MCM, Sec IV, Article 134, Para 83) Elements ofFraternization(MCM, Sec IV, Article 134, Para 83)Element One: That the accused was a commissioned or warrant officer.Element Two: That the accused fraternized with enlisted members on terms of military equality.Element Three: That the accused knew the person to be an enlisted member.12111111
12 (MCM, Sec IV, Article 134, Para 83) Elements ofFraternization(MCM, Sec IV, Article 134, Para 83)Element Four: That the accused violated the customs of the service that officers shall not fraternize with enlisted members on terms of military equality.Element Five: The conduct was prejudicial to good order and discipline of the armed forces or of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.12111111
13 Factors to Consider Has the Conduct Compromised the Chain of Command Resulted in the Appearance of PartialityUndermined:Good Order?Discipline?Authority?Morale?18171717
14 AFI 36-2909 Specific Prohibitions Officers Will Not:Gamble with enlisted members.Borrow money from enlisted members.Engage in sexual relations with or date enlisted members.Share living accommodations with enlisted membersEngage, on a personal basis, in business enterprises with enlisted members, or solicit sales to/from enlisted members.19181818
15 AFIPersonal Relationships between AF members become matters of official concern when they adversely affect morale, discipline, respect for authority, unit cohesion, or mission accomplishment.21191919
16 Personal Responsibility All officers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of professional conduct and lead by example.Members should expect to be and must be held accountable for the impact of their conduct on the Air Force as an institution.The senior member in a relationship is primarily responsible for maintaining the professionalism of that relationship.22202020
17 Commander and Supervisory Responsibilities Commanders and supervisors at all levels have the authority and the responsibility to maintain good order, discipline, and morale within their units.Commanders may be held accountable for failing to act in appropriate cases.23212121
18 Courses of Action Administrative Order to Cease Counseling Reprimand RemovalDemotionLoss of NCO StatusAdverse Comments on performance reportsAdministrative Separations
19 Courses of Action Punitive Article 15Courts-MartialAction taken should normally be the least severe necessary to correct the relationship, giving full consideration to the impact the relationship has had on the organization.
20 UCMJ Article 92, Failure to Obey a Lawful Order or General Regulation Enlisted/Enlisted UPRMilitary/Civilian UPRArticle 133, Conduct Unbecoming an OfficerOfficer/Officer UPRArticle 134, FraternizationOfficer/Enlisted UPR26242424
21 Maximum Punishment Forfeiture of All Pay and Allowances Dismissal Confinement for 2 Years29272727
23 FACTS: Recently SMSgt X was assigned as NCOIC of a remote detachment in Badenstein. The nearest military installation is 65 miles away. The tour is unaccompanied. Ten-hour duty days are routine, and 14 hour days are not uncommon. Morale in the unit is generally good, but being isolated is a hardship for all assigned. SMSgt X supervises 14 technicians ranging in grade from Amn to TSgt. He finds he has little in common with most of his subordinates, until he discovers that SrA Y shares his love of international soccer. Daily, they discuss the merits of various soccer players, talk about league standings and analyze upcoming games. Only rarely does SMSgt X enter into casual conversation with others.It is known that SMSgt X and SrA Y attend local soccer matches together, and they have traveled to neighboring countries sharing the expenses of transportation and lodging. SMSgt X overhears a conversation about work schedules and is taken aback when he hears SrA Y referred to as the "teacher’s pet" who "everyone knows" always pulls the "cushy" duty. In fact, SMSgt X has attempted to spread out the details and rotate the work schedule so that everyone pulls a fair share.
24 FACTS: You are a flight commander in a logistics readiness squadron FACTS: You are a flight commander in a logistics readiness squadron. A senior airman in your flight has just been notified he's been selected for promotion to staff sergeant. The enlisted members of the flight have scheduled a promotion party at the NCO club, and you've been invited to attend. What should you do? Explain.
25 FACTS: Lt Col X, single and in command of maintenance squadron, meets Captain Y, a recently divorced pilot. They discover they have many common interests, including skiing. After dating off and on, they plan to spend a Saturday at the mountains taking skiing lessons together. The flying wing is short of pilots and there have been complaints about the high ops tempo. On Friday, Captain Y is notified of a short-notice weekend mission. Capt Y calls Lt Col X and says, "I’d really rather go skiing but I’ve been assigned to a mission. Unless you can talk my commander out of this, the trip is off."Lt Col X immediately calls Captain Y’s commander, an old acquaintance, and makes a case for changing Captain Y’s schedule. Captain Y’s commander "blows up" at the suggestion and his rather loud conversation with Lt Col X is overheard by others. The story quickly spreads throughout the squadron.
26 FACTS: Major X and SSgt Y live near each other in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. They work in different organizations in the Pentagon. Carpooling is officially encouraged, saves money, cuts their commute in half and is almost a necessity. Major X places an ad for riders on the bulletin board and SSgt Y responds. They begin to share rides to work. While they have a number of common interests, they confine their relationship to carpooling and chatting in the car.
27 FACTS: You're a member of the squadron bowling team FACTS: You're a member of the squadron bowling team. All other members are NCOs. Your fellow team members call you by your first name when you're bowling. On one occasion, while on duty, one of the members calls you by your first name in the presence of others. What should you do? Explain.
28 Summary AFI 36-2909 Responsibilities Courses of Actions Legalities Professional RelationsUnprofessional RelationshipsFraternizationResponsibilitiesPersonal/Commander/SupervisorCourses of ActionsAdministrative/PunitiveLegalitiesUCMJ/Maximum PunishmentCase Studies3222
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