Military (Navy) Romance Story : Love And Frater..
Is “Falling in Love” tantamount to “Conduct Unbecoming” of an Officer…
A couple of days ago somebody asked me whether an officer was allowed to marry a soldier.
This reminded me of a narrative I had written just a few years in the past.
So – I delved deep into my “Humor in Uniform” archives and pulled out the story for you to learn.
Expensive Reader : Do enjoy the story – and do comment and inform me your views about love and marriage between officers and soldiers/sailors…
LOVERS IN UNIFORM
Fiction Quick Story
LOVERS IN UNIFORM – A Spoof by Vikram Karve
The young lady naval officer – a Lieutenant – parks her scooter and starts walking to her workplace within the navy shore institution – a stone frigate.
The moment she enters her workplace – 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 is 15 years her senior – and the senior-most Education Officer on the bottom.
Additionally – the Commodore does not ask them to take a seat down.
He appears at the young lady naval officer and asks her: “Where the hell had been you final evening ”
“Don’t give me bullshit – I don’t care two hoots whether or not you would like me or not. I want to know who was that man sitting proper subsequent to you – the bugger with whom you were indulging in a disgusting public show of affection – they name it PDA – don’t they ” the Commodore says.
“You shut up. Did I ask you… ” the Commodore scowls on the Schoolie Commander (Ed) – who starts trembling inside.
The Commodore appears on the young girl Lieutenant and barks out loudly: “Speak up, will you Who the hell was that man sitting subsequent to you within the cinema… I saw that you simply two have been getting intimate – and you had been shamelessly making out with him proper there in the film hall – you had been indulging in most scandalous conduct. And that too in public. Bloody PDA or whatever they name it!”
“Sir – he’s a pal,” the lady naval officer says.
“Friend… My bloody foot…! The bugger is a sailor…” the Commodore shouts.
“Sir – he is a Chief Era …” the lady naval officer says.
“I know he’s a bloody Period. He was on the last ship I commanded…” the Commodore says.
“Sir – he’s Chief Petty Officer,” the lady navy officer says.
“So… Does that make him a bloody officer… Now – younger lady – you take heed to me clearly – I won’t have my officers shacking up with sailors…” the Commodore bellows.
“I informed you to shut your bloody entice, didn’t I… ” the Commodore barks on the Commander (Ed).
“I am sorry, Sir…” the Commander (Ed) says.
Then – the Commodore seems at the young lady navy officer and asks her: “How have you learnt this man ”
“Sir – we are childhood associates,” she says.
“You are childhood friends with a sailor… How is that doable… ” the Commodore asks her.
“Sir – we were neighbours – we went to the same college – he was my elder brother’s classmate. And our fathers had been good pals – they have been from the identical hometown. Sir – our fathers have been in the navy,” the lady navy officer says.
“Your fathers had been 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 be a part of as an officer… ” the Commodore says.
“Sir – he tried for NDA after faculty – however he couldn’t clear the exam – but he was selected as an artificer apprentice. His father was retiring that 12 months – and he advised him to hitch as an apprentice – his father was in a hurry for him to join and settle down in life…” the lady naval officer says.
“And you 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 destiny – but you remember one thing – you might be an officer – and you can’t fraternize with sailors. Is that clear… ” the Commodore says.
“Sir – he plans to give up the navy and join 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 moment he finishes his 15 year contract,” the lady naval officer says.
“That’s a great distance off. Now you take heed to me fastidiously – so long as you are a naval officer and he is a sailor within the navy – you aren’t to satisfy him or maintain contact with him in any approach – you might be not to have any kind of relationship or friendship with him – is that clear… ” the Commodore says firmly.
“Sir – Please Sir – he is greater than a friend – we are considering of getting married,” the lady naval officer says.
“You want to get married to a sailor… Are you bloody crazy… I hope he shouldn’t be screwing you – that’s the final bloody thing we would like – officers and sailors fornicating with each other…!” the Commodore yells.
“Sir – please don’t use such foul language…” the lady naval officer says.
“Oh! So that you don’t like foul language, is it Okay, younger lady – I’ll talk to you in plain and easy language which you can understand. Now you pay attention rigorously – for those who don’t do as I say – if you meet that sailor once more – you will be in deep trouble – we’ll throw the ebook at you,” the Commodore says menacingly.
“The Navy Act – I recommend you purchase a copy – it is accessible at any bookstore which sells regulation books. In fact – there may be a copy in our library too. And make sure you read Chapter VIII – Articles of Battle…” the Commodore says.
“Articles of War… Sir – but there isn’t a war happening…” the lady naval officer says, confused.
“The Articles of Warfare are a set of laws – the statutory provisions within the Navy Act that regulate and govern the conduct and behaviour of officers and sailors of the navy – and since you’re within the navy – they apply to you too – and so they very a lot apply to that high-and-mighty Chief Petty Officer – that bloody boyfriend of yours. We’ll see to it that each of you are punished severely…” the Commodore says threateningly.
“Sir – but what incorrect have we executed… We are simply in love with one another. And please tell me what’s his fault… Is it his fault that he’s a sailor and he’s love with me who is an officer… Sir – I don’t want you to hurt him in any approach…” the lady naval officer pleads.
“You are asking me what flawed you’ve got completed… I informed you, didn’t I You’re an Officer. He’s a Sailor. And – an Officer can not fall in love with a Sailor – that’s what is incorrect. You might be each are guilty of fraternization – so we will charge you each – 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 talking as if we’ve broken the regulation – as if we’ve committed some grave offence…” the lady naval officer says, trembling with trepidation.
“Sir – please inform me. How is our conduct prejudicial to good order and naval self-discipline You want to charge us with breaking self-discipline just because we went out together on a date… ”
“There isn’t any personal life when you join the navy. You better fall in line and behave yourself – otherwise you both might 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 might be an officer – you will be also 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 section fifty four (2) of the Navy Act – go and test it up. I informed you we are going to throw the ebook at you for those who don’t behave your self…” the Commodore says, looking the Lady Lieutenant in the eye.
The younger lady naval officer – the Lady Lieutenant – looks as if she goes to interrupt down with worry.
Then – the Commodore seems at the Schoolie Commander (Ed) – and the Commodore shouts on the Schoolie Commander: “As for you – in the event you don’t stop her from persevering with this nonsense – we’ll charge you with abetment of all the offences she is committing – and you can say goodbye to your profession.”
“Abetment… ” the flabbergasted Schoolie Commander (Ed) asks.
“Go and read Part 76 of the Navy Act,” the Commodore says to the Schoolie Commander (Ed).
The Schoolie Commander begins trembling – and he mumbles, “Yes, Sir.”
The Commodore warns the Schoolie Commander, “I assure you that if this hanky-panky does not cease instantly – all of you may be in large hassle – you – Commander (Ed) – the sailor boyfriend – and especially you, young lady,” the Commodore says – turning to the younger lady naval officer.
The Commodore seems on the Lady Lieutenant and repeats his last words: “Yes – especially you, Lieutenant – you may be in real deep bother – they may even throw you out of the Navy – dismissed with disgrace…”
Whereas the Commodore commanding the stone frigate is reading 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 performing with speed and dispatch.
Sure – the Captain of the ship is taking swift action on the Lady Lieutenant’s boyfriend – her “lover boy” sailor.
Earlier than he realizes what is occurring – 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 course of the sea.
Subsequent morning – the young lady naval officer is sitting in a prepare – on her way to take up her new appointment because the Education Officer of a small naval base in a remote place within the “back of beyond”.
The “powers-that-be” hope that distance will make the ardour of the lovers cool off.
As they are saying: … “out of sight” – “out of mind” …
In true navy model – an ungainly downside has been neatly solved.
A scandalous liaison has been terminated.
Navy customs and traditions have been upheld.
As the dashing prepare heads in direction of her new vacation spot – the Lady Lieutenant yearns for her boyfriend – sure – naval officers have “hearts” too.
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 on the railway station: “The Navy is a System – and you should by no means combat towards the system – as a result of the system at all times wins…!”
“Fraternization” is a uniquely army idea.
“Fraternization” is the term traditionally used to establish private relationships that contravene the customary bounds of acceptable senior-subordinate relationships.
Within the Defence Services – “Fraternization” is prohibited as a result of it is taken into account to be prejudicial to good order and discipline.
Any “unduly acquainted relationship” between a senior and a junior is deemed to be fraternization.
Marriage (which incorporates intimate sexual relationship) is an “unduly acquainted relationship”.
Many different relationships like relationship, dwelling together and different intimate friendships will also be deemed to be “unduly acquainted relationships”.
Strictly talking – prohibition of Fraternization should apply to all Army Personnel – each to Officers and to PBOR (Personnel Below Officer Rank which comprise all Troopers, Sailors and Airmen).
Nevertheless – in the Indian Armed Forces – a whole lot of leniency is shown so far as relationships between senior male officers and junior female officers are concerned (despite their distinction in rank).
Many male officers have “unduly familiar relationships” with feminine officers (marriage).
Is that this not “fraternization”
Strictly speaking – it’s fraternization.
Nevertheless – in follow it isn’t handled as “fraternization”.
The truth is – “brother officers” are permitted to marry “sister officers” – yes – male officers are allowed to marry feminine officers.
There are various “in-service couples” within the Armed Forces – and this development of DIFC (Double Earnings Fauji Couples) is growing in all of the three Defence Services.
Someone even mentioned that the Military, Navy and Air Force encourage marriages between uniformed “Fauji” officers by offering numerous sops like frequent postings (spouse postings) and twin accommodation seniority carry forward and so forth.
This encouragement to “marriage in uniform” is clear if you observe the rising variety of marriages between male officers and feminine officers within the uniformed services.
Does this not go in opposition to the tenets of “fraternization”
Suppose – in the Navy – a male Commander marries a feminine Lieutenant – or – within the Military – a male Lieutenant Colonel marries a female Captain – or – within the Air Power – a male Squadron Chief marries a feminine Flight Lieutenant – is it not a case of “fraternization”…
Surprisingly – marriages and intimate relationships between two officers should not thought of “fraternization” within the Indian Armed Forces.
It’s okay for a male officer to have an “unduly familiar relationship” (marriage) with a feminine officer – despite their difference in seniority.
However – what’s going to happen if a female defence officer desires to marry a male soldier, sailor or airman…
It could actually happen – anyone can fall in love with anybody.
Will the armed forces allow officers to marry soldiers, sailors or airmen
For instance – will the Army enable a female Major to marry a male JCO…
Like within the story above – will the Navy enable 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 Beneath Officer Rank)…
Strictly talking – fraternization contains officer-officer relationships as effectively – and will apply to intimate/romantic relationships between two officers of various seniority.
Nonetheless – it appears that the definition of “fraternization” has been tweaked to use solely to relationships between officers and PBOR (troopers, sailors, airmen).
Such Officer/PBOR relationships are thought of taboo – whereas relationships and marriages between senior officers and junior officers is taken into account okay
As society becomes extra fashionable and progressive – issues may change.
You may say that’s is a colonial legacy of the “Raj” – however – at present – the “class system” remains to be prevalent in India – both within the Defence Services” – and even within the Civilian Bureaucracy.
In every single place ” there are two lessons – Officers and Non-Officers.
Coming back to life in military uniform – will class barriers ever break down – a minimum of so far as “fraternization” is concerned
Maybe – it can occur sometime in the close to future.
Until then – “fauji” love stories that cross the “class barrier” will have unhappy endings – just like the story of the ailing-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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