The Air Force places a high value on professional relationships within its ranks, which are vital to the functional effectiveness of the service.The Air Force and its work environments differ greatly from what you find in a civilian work environment, with missions involving difficult challenges, hardships and the potential for injury and even death.This boosts morale, focuses on the mission at hand and preserves respect for authority.Normally, personal relationships of Air Force members are ones of individual choice and judgment; however, if a personal relationship becomes a problem that affects the functioning of a unit, it is ceases to be personal and becomes an official concern.
Professional relationships encourage communication between members, and between members and their superiors.
Recognizing that there are challenges specific to the experience of female JOs to which I cannot credibly write, I’ve asked for input from some experienced female officers. You have completed your college degree and commissioning program.
The following is a guest post from one such officer, a Lieutenant in the Surface Warfare community who has opted to remain anonymous for professional reasons. You now are the newest Ensign in the United States Navy, heading to a warship of your choice. There have been many advances in both the Navy and the American culture over the years. Unfortunately there are many junior officers who commit this crime, some unknowingly.
Author’s note: For the purposes of this article, I use the term “date” to refer to spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, fiancé(e)s, friends, etc. Due to its popularity, the article has been re-worked and updated to include frequently asked questions.
Across all military branches, there is one event that gets the ladies especially excited — The Military Ball.