Articles Tagged with fraternization

Military.com reports:

The commanding officer of the Little Creek-based amphibious dock landing ship Gunston Hall was relieved of command Thursday after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, simple assault and conduct unbecoming an officer.

Navy Times adds additional information:

United States v. Daly.

Initially the accused was charged with violating a CG Personnel Manual regulation (about personal relationships) under Article 134, UCMJ.  After some discussion of preemption issues (Dwight-san?), the charge was amended to remove the violation of a lawful order language.  Then the defense challenged the charge on the basis of failure to state an offense and notice.  After litigating the issue the military judge dismissed the charges, and the government appealed.

There is an interesting discussion of the CG Personnel Manual’s categorization of personal relationships into acceptable, unacceptable, and prohibited.  Apparently the evidence put the accused’s conduct into the unacceptable.  Unacceptable conduct is to be dealt with administratively only.

recordonline.com reports that:

United States Military Academy cadet has been convicted of rape in military court.
The judge in the court-martial has found Cadet Kyle C. Newman guilty on one charge of rape and one count of indecent conduct.
Newman was facing court-martial on two counts of rape and one count of indecent conduct. He had pleaded not guilty on those counts. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to three violations of a lawful general order of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, admitting to leaving post and fraternizing with a freshman cadet.

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Navy Times reports that:

A former sector commander in Alaska is facing a general court-marital for charges of adultery, fraternization and other sexual improprieties.image thumb UP: Coastie O 5 in serious trouble

Capt. Herbert “Mark” Hamilton III has been charged with 30 counts, including: failing to follow orders; lying to investigators; committing adultery with enlisted personnel; sending and receiving “sexual and amorous text messages” using a government cell phone; photographing sexual acts; downloading and storing sexually explicit material on his government-issued laptop; and making an official phone call “while engaged in sexual activity,” according to charging documents.

FrumForum interviewed retired Major Merideth A. Bucher, author of the much cited paper, The Impact of Pregnancy on U.S. Army Readiness.

Bucher explains that a woman who becomes pregnant ceases to be available for combat service. She will be returned home; her unit is left missing a body, a soldier.

She passionately told of her own experience:  Two days before Desert Storm was to begin the female intelligence officer in the Major’s battalion became aware she was pregnant.  Because she could not deploy and was sent home the battalion was left vulnerable by having to fight without an intelligence officer present. By losing one person everyone else has to work that much harder to get the mission accomplished. And when a woman soldier in particular gets pregnant, Bucher argues, “it weakens every female soldier standing as a member of that unit.  If one woman does that it taints the water for everybody.”

Seven U.S. soldiers, including three men, have already been punished under six-week-old rules making pregnancy a violation of military law in northern Iraq.

Stars & Stripes reports.

The four soldiers who became pregnant were given letters of reprimand that will not remain a part of the permanent military file, Cucolo said, as were two of the male soldiers.

It is a possibility:

The Army general commanding U.S. forces in northern Iraq has added pregnancy to the list of prohibitions for personnel under his command.

The policy, which went into effect Nov. 4, makes it possible to face punishment, including a court-martial and jail time, for becoming pregnant or impregnating a servicemember, according to the wording of the policy and confirmations from Army officials.

The military’s case against a Coast Guard captain accused of violating military code wrapped up Thursday with the officer’s lawyers admitting their client committed adultery and fraternized with enlisted women — but, they said, his behavior was not criminal.

Anchorage Daily News reports.

Here are some factors that will be considered by the IO, the SJA, the CA, and  . . .

That’s how Tom Ricks characterizes the recent actions when the Navy relieved the CO, CMC, and transferred the XO of USS JAMES WILLIAMS (DDG 95).  No court-martials of the leadership are image anticipated.  However, as Kate Wiltrout’s article points out, there have been quite a few disciplinary actions.  The number of enlisted khaki involved seems quite extraordinary for the size of this ship’s crew.

Here is Kate Wiltrout’s article in The PilotOnline.

The commanding officer and highest-ranking enlisted sailor aboard the Norfolk-based destroyer James E. Williams were removed Friday in the wake of a fraternization scandal that erupted on a recent deployment.