Now there have been relationships where one officer is married to an enlisted and no one even realized they knew each other more than a hallway greeting.

This is because they held themselves to a high professional standard but unfortunately, there have been others that have abused the officer power with an enlisted and now there are military codes of law preventing these relationships. Walakobay has achieved the level of "Major" with 67,345 points.

This issue arises under the heading of "fraternization" rules and is worth reconsidering with the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal in the news -- not because of the current sexual-assault charges that have led to his resignation as head of the International Monetary Fund, but because of an incident three years ago that did not: A 2008 investigation of Strauss-Kahn's affair with a subordinate economist at the IMF concluded that the affair was consensual, and that while Strauss-Kahn had acted inappropriately, he had not acted coercively. (The IMF economist recently released a letter she sent to the investigator in 2008 claiming coercion by Strauss-Kahn, but this view of events was not credited in the investigator's report.) In the factually similar cases of Strauss-Kahn at the IMF and Stonecipher at Boeing (married men, consensual sex, steamy communications), the "fraternization" results are completely opposite.

In different institutional settings, the IMF has no clear rules, the World Bank has a presumption of wrongdoing, and the U. military has a flat prohibition against superior-subordinate sex.

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It is clearly stated that dating a subordinate is a no no in the military rules for a reason.

If you were married it would be a totally different situation or if the soldier was in a separate branch of the military.

(If peers in the same unit begin a romantic relationship, a customary response is to assign one of them to a different part of the organization.) But the IMF did not take such a strict view of Strauss-Kahn's affair with a subordinate.

If it had, and if it had evaluated apparently wide-spread reports about his serial, public sexual relationships, it would have sparred itself today's imbroglio over leadership (although it would not have had Strauss-Kahn at the helm since 2008).

You will just need to put a little effort into the relationship between you and your subordinate to keep a healthy work environment.