Navy (Navy) Romance Story : Love And Frater..
Is “Falling in Love” tantamount to “Conduct Unbecoming” of an Officer…
A number of days ago someone asked me whether or not an officer was allowed to marry a soldier.
This reminded me of a story I had written a number of years ago.
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 office within the navy shore institution – a stone frigate.
The moment she enters her workplace – she sees her boss – the top of the Education Department – 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 base.
The Commander (Ed) says anxiously: “Put on your peak cap and come with me fast. The Previous Man needs to see you immediately.”
The “Old Man” – their Commanding Officer, a Commodore, appears to be like at them sternly.
They see that the Commodore is furious – he does not return their salute.
Also – the Commodore does not ask them to take a seat down.
The Commodore gets straight to the purpose.
He seems at the young lady naval officer and asks her: “Where the hell have been you final night ”
“Sir…Sir…” she stutters.
“Come on, communicate up – I haven’t obtained all day,” the Commodore shouts.
“Sir, I had gone for a film,” she says.
“I know – at Eros – I used to be sitting proper behind you,” the Commodore says.
“Sorry Sir – I did not see you – in any other case I’d have surely wished you,” she says.
“Don’t give me bullshit – I don’t care two hoots whether or not you wish me or not. I need to know who was that man sitting proper next to you – the bugger with whom you were indulging in a disgusting public show of affection – they call it PDA – don’t they ” the Commodore says.
“Yes, Sir – they call it PDA – public display of affection,” the Commander (Ed) says.
“You shut up. Did I ask you… ” the Commodore scowls on the Schoolie Commander (Ed) – who starts trembling inside.
The Commodore seems at the younger woman 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 two were getting intimate – and you had been shamelessly making out with him proper there in the movie hall – you have 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’s 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 is 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.
The Commodore turns red as he shouts – he appears livid with anger.
The Commander (Ed) is perturbed at the Commodore’s profane language, so he says: “Sir, I’ll counsel her…”
“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 are you aware this man ”
“Sir – we are childhood friends,” she says.
“You are childhood mates with a sailor… How is that doable… ” the Commodore asks her.
“Sir – we were neighbours – we went to the same school – he was my elder brother’s classmate. And our fathers were good buddies – they had been from the same hometown. Sir – our fathers have been in the navy,” the lady navy officer says.
“Your fathers were officers within the navy ” the Commodore asks her.
“No Sir – our fathers had been sailors – they retired as Grasp Chief Petty Officers,” the lady naval officer says.
“Oh. So that you became 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 college – however he couldn’t clear the exam – but he was selected as an artificer apprentice. His father was retiring that year – and he informed him to affix as an apprentice – his father was in a hurry for him to affix 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 future – but you remember one thing – 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 join the service provider 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 12 months contract,” the lady naval officer says.
“That’s a great distance off. Now you hearken to me fastidiously – as long as you are a naval officer and he’s a sailor within the navy – you aren’t to fulfill him or maintain contact with him in any manner – you are not to have any sort of relationship or friendship with him – is that clear… ” the Commodore says firmly.
“Sir – Please Sir – he is more than a good friend – we’re thinking of getting married,” the lady naval officer says.
“You need to get married to a sailor… Are you bloody crazy… I hope he is not screwing you – that’s the last bloody factor we want – 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 that you can perceive. Now you hear rigorously – when you don’t do as I say – should you meet that sailor once more – you may be in deep bother – we are going to throw the book at you,” the Commodore says menacingly.
“Throw the e-book at me, Sir ” the lady naval officer asks.
“The Navy Act – I counsel you buy a replica – it is available at any bookstore which sells legislation books. Of course – there may be a replica in our library too. And make sure you read Chapter VIII – Articles of Warfare…” the Commodore says.
“Articles of War… Sir – but there isn’t a war occurring…” the lady naval officer says, confused.
“The Articles of War are a set of rules – 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 might be within the navy – they apply to you too – they usually very a lot 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 – but what incorrect have we accomplished… We are simply in love with each other. And please tell me what’s his fault… Is it his fault that he’s a sailor and he is love with me who is an officer… Sir – I don’t need you to hurt him in any approach…” the lady naval officer pleads.
“You are asking me what wrong you might have achieved… I informed you, didn’t I You might be an Officer. He’s a Sailor. And – an Officer can’t fall in love with a Sailor – that’s what is incorrect. You are each are guilty of fraternization – so we will charge you both – and each of you are prone to face court-martial…” the Commodore warns the lady officer.
“Court-martial… Sir – please don’t say such things. You are talking as if we now have broken the law – as if we now have committed some grave offence…” the lady naval officer says, trembling with trepidation.
“Of course, you’ve committed an offence,” the Commodore says matter-of-factly.
“Offence What offence have we dedicated, Sir We’re just seeing each other. With what offence are you able to cost us ” the lady naval officer asks.
“We can always charge you with the “catch-all offence” – you will be charged with conduct prejudicial to good order and naval self-discipline – each of you – under Part 74 of the Navy Act.”
“Sir – please tell me. How is our conduct prejudicial to good order and naval discipline You wish to cost us with breaking discipline simply because we went out collectively on a date… ”
“Yes. You are an officer and he is a sailor – you have to respect the difference in your ranks. You’re breaking discipline by fraternizing with a sailor and not respecting the difference in rank. An officer engaging in an unduly familiar relationship with a sailor is prejudicial to good order and naval discipline and is unacceptable behaviour. It’s simply not finished. It’s gross indiscipline. Do you understand ”
“Sir, it is our personal life. We see each other when we’re off-duty – and we meet outside in civilian areas. So how are we breaking discipline ”
“There is no private life once you be part of the navy. You better fall in line and behave your self – or you each will be charged and punished – and – as for you there may be one more thing…” the Commodore says.
“What, Sir ” the lady naval officer says.
“Since you’re an officer – you may 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 examine it up. I advised you we’ll throw the book at you for those who don’t behave yourself…” the Commodore says, trying the Lady Lieutenant in the attention.
The young lady naval officer – the Lady Lieutenant – appears to be like as if she is going to break down with concern.
Then – the Commodore looks on the Schoolie Commander (Ed) – and the Commodore shouts at the Schoolie Commander: “As for you – if you happen to don’t cease her from continuing this nonsense – we will cost you with abetment of all of the offences she is committing – and you can say goodbye to your career.”
“Abetment… ” the flabbergasted Schoolie Commander (Ed) asks.
“Go and browse Section 76 of the stone island sale 2012 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 stop instantly – all of you may be in large trouble – you – Commander (Ed) – the sailor boyfriend – and particularly you, younger lady,” the Commodore says – turning to the young lady naval officer.
The Commodore looks at the Lady Lieutenant and repeats his final phrases: “Yes – particularly you, Lieutenant – you may be in actual deep trouble – they might 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 young woman’s lover, the Chief Petty Officer, is borne) is acting with speed and dispatch.
Sure – the Captain of the ship is taking swift motion on the Lady Lieutenant’s boyfriend – her “lover boy” sailor.
Earlier than he realizes what is going on – the hapless sailor is instantly transferred to a ship headed east – to be dropped off to his new responsibility station on a distant desolate island in the midst of the sea.
Subsequent morning – the young lady naval officer is sitting in a practice – on her option to take up her new appointment because the Schooling Officer of a small naval base in a remote place in 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 fashion – a clumsy drawback has been neatly solved.
The “lovers in uniform” have been separated.
A scandalous liaison has been terminated.
A messy court martial has been averted.
Navy customs and traditions have been upheld.
Because the speeding train heads in the direction of her new destination – 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 words of her ex-boss, the Schoolie Commander, who had come to see her off on the railway station: “The Navy is a System – and it’s best to by no means battle in opposition to 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 Companies – “Fraternization” is prohibited as a result of it is taken into account 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 acquainted relationship”.
Many different relationships like courting, dwelling collectively and different intimate friendships can also be deemed to be “unduly acquainted relationships”.
Strictly speaking – 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 proven so far as relationships between senior male officers and junior female officers are concerned (despite their distinction in rank).
Many male officers have “unduly acquainted relationships” with feminine officers (marriage).
Is this not “fraternization”
Strictly speaking – it’s fraternization.
However – in follow it isn’t handled as “fraternization”.
In fact – “brother officers” are permitted to marry “sister officers” – sure – male officers are allowed to marry female officers.
There are a lot of “in-service couples” within the Armed Forces – and this development of DIFC (Double Revenue Fauji Couples) is rising in all the three Defence Companies.
Someone even stated that the Army, Navy and Air Force encourage marriages between uniformed “Fauji” officers by providing numerous sops like frequent postings (partner postings) and dual accommodation seniority carry forward and so forth.
This encouragement to “marriage in uniform” is clear in the event you observe the growing variety of marriages between male officers and female officers within the uniformed services.
Does this not go towards the tenets of “fraternization”
Suppose – within the Navy – a male Commander marries a feminine Lieutenant – or – within the Army – a male Lieutenant Colonel marries a female Captain – or – in the Air Power – a male Squadron Chief marries a female Flight Lieutenant – is it not a case of “fraternization”…
Surprisingly – marriages and intimate relationships between two officers are not thought-about “fraternization” in the Indian Armed Forces.
It is okay for a male officer to have an “unduly familiar relationship” (marriage) with a feminine officer – despite their distinction in seniority.
But – what will occur if a feminine defence officer needs to marry a male soldier, sailor or airman…
It may possibly occur – anyone can fall in love with anyone.
Will the armed forces enable officers to marry soldiers, sailors or airmen
For example – will the Army enable a female Main to marry a male JCO…
Like within the story above – will the Navy permit a female Lieutenant to marry a male Chief Petty Officer…
If officers can marry, date, romance or have relationships with different officers – then why prohibit relationships between officers and PBOR (Personnel Under Officer Rank)…
Strictly speaking – fraternization includes officer-officer relationships as nicely – and should apply to intimate/romantic relationships between two officers of various seniority.
However – it appears that the definition of “fraternization” has been tweaked to apply only 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 considered okay
As society turns into extra trendy and progressive – issues may change.
You could say that’s is a colonial legacy of the “Raj” – however – at present – the “class system” is still prevalent in India – each within the Defence Services” – and even in the Civilian Bureaucracy.
In all places ” there are two classes – Officers and Non-Officers.
Coming again to life in navy uniform – will class barriers ever break down – not less than so far as “fraternization” is worried
Possibly – it can happen someday in the near future.
Till then – “fauji” love tales 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 post, please give due credit score to the writer Vikram Karve
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