Military (Navy) Romance Story : Love And Frater..
Is “Falling in Love” tantamount to “Conduct Unbecoming” of an Officer…
A couple of days ago somebody requested me whether or not an officer was allowed to marry a soldier.
This reminded me of a narrative I had written a couple of years in the past.
So – I delved deep into my “Humor in Uniform” archives and pulled out the story for you to learn.
Pricey Reader : Do benefit from the story – and do remark and inform me your views about love and marriage between officers and troopers/sailors…
LOVERS IN UNIFORM
Fiction Quick Story
LOVERS IN UNIFORM – A Spoof by Vikram Karve
The younger lady naval officer – a Lieutenant – parks her scooter and starts strolling to her workplace within the navy shore establishment – a stone frigate.
The moment she enters her office – she sees her boss – the top of the Education Division – a center-aged Commander with a salt and pepper beard.
Like her – he too is a “schoolie” landlubber in white uniform – although he’s 15 years her senior – and the senior-most Education Officer on the base.
Additionally – the Commodore doesn’t ask them to sit down.
He appears on the young lady naval officer and asks her: “Where the hell had been you last night ”
“Don’t give me bullshit – I don’t care two hoots whether you would like me or not. I need to know who was that man sitting proper subsequent to you – the bugger with whom you have been indulging in a disgusting public show of affection – they call it PDA – don’t they ” the Commodore says.
“You shut up. Did I ask you… ” the Commodore scowls at the Schoolie Commander (Ed) – who starts trembling inside.
The Commodore appears at the young girl Lieutenant and barks out loudly: “Speak up, will you Who the hell was that man sitting next to you in the cinema… I noticed that you simply two had been getting intimate – and also you were shamelessly making out with him right there in the film corridor – you were indulging in most scandalous conduct. And that too in public. Bloody PDA or whatever they call it!”
“Sir – he is a buddy,” the lady naval officer says.
“Friend… My bloody foot…! The bugger is a sailor…” the Commodore shouts.
“Sir – he’s a Chief Period …” the lady naval officer says.
“I know he’s a bloody Era. He was on the final ship I commanded…” the Commodore says.
“Sir – he is Chief Petty Officer,” the lady navy officer says.
“So… Does that make him a bloody officer… Now – younger lady – you hearken to me clearly – I won’t have my officers shacking up with sailors…” the Commodore bellows.
“I advised you to shut your bloody trap, didn’t I… ” the Commodore barks at the Commander (Ed).
“I am sorry, Sir…” the Commander (Ed) says.
Then – the Commodore seems to be on the younger lady navy officer and asks her: “How are you aware this guy ”
“Sir – we are childhood pals,” she says.
“You are childhood friends with a sailor… How is that doable… ” the Commodore asks her.
“Sir – we have been neighbours – we went to the same school – he was my elder brother’s classmate. And our fathers were good buddies – they were from the same hometown. Sir – our fathers have been within the navy,” the lady navy officer says.
“Your fathers were officers within the navy ” the Commodore asks her.
“No Sir – our fathers have been sailors – they retired as Master Chief Petty Officers,” the lady naval officer says.
“Oh. So you grew to become a naval officer – and your bloody boyfriend joined as an Era…” the Commodore says.
“Why the hell didn’t your boyfriend join as an officer… ” the Commodore says.
“Sir – he tried for NDA after faculty – but he could not clear the exam – but he was selected as an artificer apprentice. His father was retiring that year – and he informed him to hitch as an apprentice – his father was in a rush for him to affix and settle down in life…” the lady naval officer says.
“And you probably did your graduation and joined the navy as a bloody schoolie… ” the Commodore says.
“Yes, Sir…” the lady naval officer says.
“Anyway – call it fate – name it luck – name it future – but you remember one factor – you might be an officer – and you can not fraternize with sailors. Is that clear… ” the Commodore says.
“Sir – he plans to quit the navy and be part of the merchant navy as a marine engineer officer…” the lady naval officer says.
“And when the hell is that going to happen ” the Commodore asks her.
“After 5 years, Sir – the second he finishes his 15 12 months contract,” the lady naval officer says.
“That’s a good distance off. Now you take heed to me carefully – as long as you’re a naval officer and he is a sailor within the navy – you aren’t to satisfy him or maintain contact with him in any means – you might be to not have any kind of relationship or friendship with him – is that clear… ” the Commodore says firmly.
“Sir – Please Sir – he is more than a buddy – we’re considering of getting married,” the lady naval officer says.
“You want to get married to a sailor… Are you bloody crazy… I hope he is just not screwing you – that’s the last bloody factor we would like – officers and sailors fornicating with one another…!” the Commodore yells.
“Sir – please don’t use such foul language…” the lady naval officer says.
“Oh! So you don’t like foul language, is it Okay, younger lady – I’ll discuss to you in plain and simple language you can perceive. Now you listen rigorously – should you don’t do as I say – should you meet that sailor again – you’ll be in deep hassle – we’ll throw the guide at you,” the Commodore says menacingly.
“The Navy Act – I counsel you buy a replica – it is accessible at any bookstore which sells law books. Of course – there may be a duplicate in our library too. And ensure you read Chapter VIII – Articles of War…” the Commodore says.
“Articles of Conflict… Sir – but there is no such thing as a warfare happening…” the lady naval officer says, confused.
“The Articles of Struggle are a set of rules – the statutory provisions in the Navy Act that regulate and govern the conduct and behaviour of officers and sailors of the navy – and since you are within the navy – they apply to you too – and so they very much apply to that high-and-mighty Chief Petty Officer – that bloody boyfriend of yours. We will see to it that each of you’re punished severely…” the Commodore says threateningly.
“Sir – however what incorrect have we achieved… We’re just in love with one another. And please inform me what’s his fault… Is it his fault that he is a sailor and he is love with me who’s an officer… Sir – I don’t want you to hurt him in any means…” the lady naval officer pleads.
“You are asking me what incorrect you will have accomplished… I advised you, didn’t I You might be an Officer. He’s a Sailor. And – an Officer can not fall in love with a Sailor – that’s what is fallacious. You are each are responsible of fraternization – so we will cost you both – and each of you are likely to face court docket-martial…” the Commodore warns the lady officer.
“Court-martial… Sir – please don’t say such things. You might be speaking as if now we have broken the legislation – as if we’ve committed some grave offence…” the lady naval officer says, trembling with trepidation.
“Sir – please tell me. How is our conduct prejudicial to good order and naval self-discipline You wish to charge us with breaking self-discipline just because we went out collectively on a date… ”
“There is no personal life when you be a part of the navy. You better fall in line and behave your self – or you each will probably be charged and punished – and – as for you there is yet another factor…” the Commodore says.
“What, Sir ” the lady naval officer says.
“Since you are an officer – you will be additionally charged with scandalous conduct unbecoming the character of an officer.”
“Scandalous… Conduct unbecoming the character of an officer… ” the lady naval officer asks, bewildered.
“Yes – conduct unbecoming of an officer. That’s part 54 (2) of the Navy Act – go and verify it up. I instructed you we are going to throw the e-book at you in case you don’t behave your self…” the Commodore says, trying the Lady Lieutenant in the eye.
The young lady naval officer – the Lady Lieutenant – looks as if she is going to break down with worry.
Then – the Commodore seems to be at the Schoolie Commander (Ed) – and the Commodore shouts at the Schoolie Commander: “As for you – in case you don’t cease her from continuing this nonsense – we are going to cost you with abetment of all the offences she is committing – and you may say goodbye to your career.”
“Abetment… ” the flabbergasted Schoolie Commander (Ed) asks.
“Go and read Section 76 of the Navy Act,” the Commodore says to the Schoolie Commander (Ed).
The Schoolie Commander starts trembling – and he mumbles, “Yes, Sir.”
The Commodore warns the Schoolie Commander, “I guarantee you that if this hanky-panky does not cease immediately – all of you will be in huge bother – you – Commander (Ed) – the sailor boyfriend – and particularly you, young lady,” the Commodore says – turning to the young lady naval officer.
The Commodore seems to be on the Lady Lieutenant and repeats his last words: “Yes – especially you, Lieutenant – you can be in real deep hassle – they may even throw you out of the Navy – dismissed with disgrace…”
Whereas the Commodore commanding the stone frigate is studying the riot act to the younger lady naval officer – the Captain of the frigate (the ship on which the younger woman’s lover, the Chief Petty Officer, is borne) is acting with pace and dispatch.
Sure – the Captain of the ship is taking swift action on the Lady Lieutenant’s boyfriend – her “lover boy” sailor.
Before he realizes what is happening – the hapless sailor is instantly transferred to a ship headed east – to be dropped off to his new obligation station on a distant desolate island in the middle of the sea.
Next morning – the young lady naval officer is sitting in a practice – on her strategy to take up her new appointment because the Schooling Officer of a small naval base in a distant place in the “back of beyond”.
The “powers-that-be” hope that distance will make the ardour of the lovers cool off.
As they say: … “out of sight” – “out of mind” …
In true navy style – a clumsy drawback has been neatly solved.
A scandalous liaison has been terminated.
As her coronary heart aches for her “lover boy” sailor – the heartbroken younger lady naval officer remembers the consoling phrases of her ex-boss, the Schoolie Commander, who had come to see her off at the railway station: “The Navy is a System – and it is best to never struggle against the system – because the system at all times wins…!”
“Fraternization” is a uniquely military concept.
“Fraternization” is the term historically used to establish personal relationships that contravene the customary bounds of acceptable senior-subordinate relationships.
In the Defence Services – “Fraternization” is prohibited as a result of it is considered to be prejudicial to good order and self-discipline.
Any “unduly familiar relationship” between a senior and a junior is deemed to be fraternization.
Marriage (which incorporates intimate sexual relationship) is an “unduly familiar relationship”.
Many different relationships like stone island polska courting, residing collectively and different intimate friendships can be deemed to be “unduly familiar relationships”.
Strictly speaking – prohibition of Fraternization ought to apply to all Army Personnel – both to Officers and to PBOR (Personnel Below Officer Rank which comprise all Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen).
Nonetheless – in the Indian Armed Forces – a whole lot of leniency is proven so far as relationships between senior male officers and junior feminine officers are involved (despite their distinction in rank).
Many male officers have “unduly acquainted relationships” with feminine officers (marriage).
Is this not “fraternization”
Strictly speaking – it is fraternization.
Nonetheless – in apply it is not handled as “fraternization”.
Actually – “brother officers” are permitted to marry “sister officers” – sure – male officers are allowed to marry feminine officers.
There are various “in-service couples” within the Armed Forces – and this trend of DIFC (Double Income Fauji Couples) is growing in all of the three Defence Services.
Someone even said that the Army, Navy and Air Force encourage marriages between uniformed “Fauji” officers by providing various sops like frequent postings (partner postings) and twin accommodation seniority carry forward and many others.
This encouragement to “marriage in uniform” is clear if you happen to observe the increasing variety of marriages between male officers and feminine officers within the uniformed companies.
Does this not go in opposition to the tenets of “fraternization”
Suppose – within the Navy – a male Commander marries a female Lieutenant – or – in the Military – a male Lieutenant Colonel marries a female Captain – or – in the Air Drive – a male Squadron Chief marries a female Flight Lieutenant – is it not a case of “fraternization”…
Surprisingly – marriages and intimate relationships between two officers should not thought-about “fraternization” in the Indian Armed Forces.
It is okay for a male officer to have an “unduly acquainted relationship” (marriage) with a female officer – despite their distinction in seniority.
However – what will happen if a female defence officer desires to marry a male soldier, sailor or airman…
It may occur – anyone can fall in love with anyone.
Will the armed forces enable officers to marry soldiers, sailors or airmen
For instance – will the Army allow a female Major to marry a male JCO…
Like within the story above – will the Navy permit a feminine Lieutenant to marry a male Chief Petty Officer…
If officers can marry, date, romance or have relationships with other officers – then why prohibit relationships between officers and PBOR (Personnel Below Officer Rank)…
Strictly talking – fraternization consists of officer-officer relationships as nicely – and may apply to intimate/romantic relationships between two officers of varying seniority.
However – it seems that the definition of “fraternization” has been tweaked to apply solely to relationships between officers and PBOR (troopers, sailors, airmen).
Such Officer/PBOR relationships are considered taboo – whereas relationships and marriages between senior officers and junior officers is taken into account okay
As society turns into extra trendy and progressive – things could change.
You might say that is is a colonial legacy of the “Raj” – but – at present – the “class system” continues to be prevalent in India – both in the Defence Services” – and even in the Civilian Bureaucracy.
In every single place ” there are two courses – Officers and Non-Officers.
Coming back to life in military uniform – will class obstacles ever break down – a minimum of so far as “fraternization” is anxious
Perhaps – it is going to happen sometime in the close to future.
Until then – “fauji” love tales that cross the “class barrier” can have sad endings – like the story of the in poor health-fated “Lovers in Uniform”. In the event you share this put up, please give due credit score to the writer Vikram Karve
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