And the cases that are reported are only the tip of the iceberg.
Rank-and-file soldiers have stories of relationships between military personnel which are never brought to the attention of the authorities, while military lawyers are often called upon to provide advice when investigations are launched.
In the United States military, frocking is the practice of a commissioned or non-commissioned officer selected for promotion wearing the insignia of the higher grade before the official date of promotion (the "date of rank").
An officer who has been selected for promotion may be authorized to "frock" to the next grade.
The difficulties of maintaining a relationship in the Navy may be one of the drawbacks of service, but having a relationship with a colleague can be even more problematic – as Cdr West discovered earlier this month, when she was sent home following an alleged affair with her third-in-command.
In that time, he says he has represented around 40 soldiers who have been accused of having affairs with colleagues, and subsequently find themselves facing career-threatening disciplinary action.News of the promotion of an officer arrived, usually via letters brought by another ship, and often with orders for the newly promoted officer to report to a new ship or station.The ship that brought the news would often take that officer away to his new post.The only time someone said anything, it became a nonissue when we explained that we had gone to school with one another from sixth grade through sophomore year of college when I enlisted.Unfortunately, there were a couple of problems using the UCMJ/MCM as a basis of charges.The need to frock is a result of the fact that the number of people who may serve in a particular rank is restricted by federal law.