Personal relationships between officer and enlisted members that are unduly familiar and that do not respect differences in rank and grade are prohibited and violate long-standing custom and tradition of the naval service.Similar relationships that are unduly familiar between officers or between enlisted members of different rank or grade may also be prejudicial to good order and discipline or of a nature to bring discredit on the naval service and are prohibited.~Roger de Bussy-Rabutin Being a military spouse is tough. And this past year has seen the already high divorce rate in the military climb slightly… In 2001, the divorce rate was 2.6% and now it is 3.6% (per year, not over a lifetime, which, of course, is higher).Considering that 56% of military members are married, that makes quite a number of divorces per year.Here is something about long distance relationship advice that could do you a lot of good. Be honest – Transparency is the Key If you are in a new long distance relationship, you better tell the other person about all the complications of being in merchant navy.
Natasha is dating a submariner, and honestly, I don’t know how she does it!She and I were dealing with deployment the same time– our guys actually came home within days of each other. They don’t call it the Silent Service for nothing – keeping in touch with a submariner is hard.But hers is already gearing up for another deployment. I hear other branches have these magical things called ‘morale tents’ where s/he can go to message or Skype with friends and family members.Proper social interaction among officer and enlisted members has always been encouraged as it enhances unit morale and esprit de corps.At the same time, unduly familiar personal relationships between officers and enlisted members have traditionally been contrary to naval custom because they undermine the respect for authority, which is essential to Navy's ability to accomplish its military mission.