Accession Number : ADA186701

Title :   The Evolution of a Custom in the Air Force: Fraternization.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Wright, Karen S

PDF Url : ADA186701

Report Date : May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 44

Abstract : A discussion of the custom of fraternization is followed by a description of the historical evolution of this custom from 1621 to the present. A review of the military law, also from 1621 to the present, the current Manual for Courts-Martial and the Uniform Code of Military Justice concludes with a discussion of United States v Johanns, and a recent court-martial of a woman officer charged with fraternization. Finally, the sole Air Force regulation dealing with fraternization, and two regulations that permit circumstances under which fraternization could take place are reviewed. The author concludes that the lack of an explicit, well-defined Air Force policy on fraternization will continue to foster nonstandardized enforcement of this custom. The Air Force policy of 'not to have a policy' on fraternization because it is too difficult does not meet today's need for firm, explicit guidance.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY LAW, *INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS, AIR FORCE, REGULATIONS, POLICIES, UNITED STATES, AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, WOMEN, OFFICER PERSONNEL, LAW ENFORCEMENT

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE