That being said, a certain level of fraternization among service members of different ranks and positions is often encouraged in the military, such as softball games or other team building events.

However, even this can cross the line if, for example, an officer goes out for drinks with an enlisted person after the game.

Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice makes criminal the act of adultery when certain legal criteria, known as “elements,” have all been met.

There are three distinct elements to the crime of adultery under the UCMJ: first, a Soldier must have had sexual intercourse with someone; second, the Soldier or their sexual partner was married to someone else at the time; and third, that under the circumstances, the conduct of the Soldier was to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces or was of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.

Fraternization in the military relates to prohibited personal relationships between military service members of different ranks and positions.

Fraternization involves improper relationships, ranging from overly casual relationships to friendships to romantic relationships.

So on my way out of Alaska, I stop into Fort Richardson Army Base.

Control, regiment, hierarchy, and a whole lot of young people in peak physical shape, far from their loved ones, and all crammed together. The darkest aspects of that dynamic that have been in the public eye as of late and it makes me wonder about the full picture.

The answer to this straightforward question can be anything but simple.

The first step in answering this question requires an understanding of the military’s prohibition on adultery.

The first two elements of adultery under the UCMJ are fairly straightforward and shouldn’t require further explanation.

The third and final element is where our simple question starts to become complicated.

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