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I have many issues with such a policy. The CAF has no buisness in authorizing relationships. Sure, it can issue guidance but the declaration should be after the fact, not before, and only if it meets certain criteria (ie: one of the parties is in the other’s CoC).I always though a policy/order along these lines (and borrowing from the old Army concept that you had to get permission to get married) might work.
1. If two service members of different ranks (or three or more for the very enlightened) want to enter into a sexual relationship they will jointly attend before their respective (or joint) superior and declare that intention and sign a declaration to that effect and stating that they are both doing so freely and voluntarily;
2. The CoC will immediately ensure that the senior member has no further supervisory responsibility for the junior where after they are free to continue their relationship as they see fit;
3. In the event that the CoC determines that one of it's service members is involved in a relationship with someone of a different rank without such a declaration in place, they will be called in, interviewed as to the nature of the relationship and take such appropriate administrative or disciplinary action as is necessary based in the circumstances. Such actions shall, as a minimum, result in administrative and disciplinary actions against the senior member for being involved in the relationship without a declaration. (As the senior member he or she should clearly have known better and was at least in breach of the policy/order even when the relationship was truly consensual)
It's a simple policy, puts the onus on the senior member to know better, provides for a way for consensual relationships to continue and, to an extent, provides a senior member who has made a declaration, protection against spurious, after the fact, allegations of coercion.
Yup. Some folks might find this too intrusive but IMHO such a provision is both legal and defensible based on the current climate pervading the CAF.
This declaration would do nothing but cover the CAF’s ass in saying it did its due dilligence. If someone can be coerced into sexual relationships because of perceived authority, that same person can be coerced into making that declaration.
Civilians don’t have to go to their bosses or the courts to request permission to date someone. Neither should CAF members.