Officers and enlisted dating

by  |  27-Jan-2015 21:14

For decades, the Army let enlisted troops date or marry officers as long as the couple weren't in the same chain of command and the relationship didn't create a conflict, such as the appearance of favorable treatment.

The Army policy differed from the Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy, which haven't allowed officers and enlisted personnel to date or marry one another regardless of assignments.

Soldiers had a year to comply with the no-romance rule. "It was do or die for us," said Robert Shingleton, a platoon sergeant at Fort Carson.

Robert and Bernadette, an Army nurse, met at Fort Gordon, Ga., in 1998, as he was going through a divorce.

From the beginning, both knew the new policy was coming. Soon Bernadette headed to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, and Robert came to Fort Carson.

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All branches of the United States military maintain regulations that govern dating, and any fraternization, among both officers and enlisted soldiers.

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