With all the changes Do D is making to placate the minoritygroups (i.e.DADT repeal, grooming for certain groups) why has no one looked atthe officer/enlisted relationship issue.The Air Force places a high value on professional relationships within its ranks, which are vital to the functional effectiveness of the service.The Air Force and its work environments differ greatly from what you find in a civilian work environment, with missions involving difficult challenges, hardships and the potential for injury and even death.A couple of scenarios to consider are: --You are an officer who regularly hangs out with some of your subordinates to watch the game.
Officers must not engage in any activity with an enlisted member that reasonably may prejudice good order and discipline, discredit the armed forces or compromise an officer's standing.
-- You are a Soldier who enjoys working on computers, so you help out the battalion command sergeant major with his home computer during your free time.
Any of these situations could cause a problem within a unit if other Soldiers or leaders perceiving favoritism or personal gain between the parties involved.
AR 600-20, paragraph 4-14, defines relationships between Soldiers of different ranks and seeks to clarify proper personal and professional relationships within the Army.
The standard for what constitutes an inappropriate leader-subordinate relationship hasn't changed in the new AR 600-20 4-14b which states, relationships, (both opposite-gender and same-gender) are prohibited if they: -- Compromise, or appear to compromise, the integrity of supervisory authority or the chain of command; -- Cause actual or perceived partiality or unfairness; -- Involve, or appear to involve, the improper use of rank or position for personal gain; -- Are, or are perceived to be, exploitative or coercive in nature; -- Create an actual or clearly predictable adverse impact on discipline, authority, morale or the ability of the command to accomplish its mission.