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When dating takes place between soldiers of the same rank or between a solider and a civilian employee or government contractor, military regulations only prohibit those relationships which directly affect morale, discipline, respect for authority or otherwise interfere with a mission.
As such, unit cohesion, morale, good order, discipline and respect for authority are essential to mission success, and anything that might interfere with the interests of the Air Force.
The Air Force defines a professional relationship this way: Professional relationships are those interpersonal relationships consistent with Air Force core values: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.
The MCM goes on to offer further explanation of the offense: In general.
The gist of this offense is a violation of the custom of the armed forces against fraternization.