My bro worked a fuel depot overseas where they fueled all sorts of ****, including upon occassion Marine Corps helicopters and ****, and worked at a base at one point where there was a Marine unit based there.
These Army folks, a small team of them running this depot detached from their main unit, mostly stuck to themselves, but upon this one occassion he still remembers, he had to deal with a Marine Staff Sergeant who, I would hope at that point, understood how the Army works as far as E-5 through E-7 being called "sergeant', yet the guy still got all up in arms about being called Sergeant by a Specialist who is obviously following his training and what has become 2nd nature to him.
I always think its funny how Marine NCOs feel the need to correct Army folks on this, even though it goes against our training and what would by this point be 2nd nature to us based upon the Army culture.
(1) Compromise, or appear to compromise, the integrity of supervisory authority or the chain of command.
(2) Cause actual or perceived partiality or unfairness.
(3) Involve, or appear to involve, the improper use of rank or position for personal gain.
(4) Are, or are perceived to be, exploitative or coercive in nature.
(5) Create an actual or clearly predictable adverse impact on discipline, authority, morale, or the ability of the command to accomplish its mission.
I see the regulation, and what Redress said does not appear to compromise that list.
Where they get you on fraternization is with the "perceived" or "appears to" bull****. All it takes is for one whiney arsed, pansy, piece of crap to complain and holy**** batman...you've got perception and/or appearance of impropriety. Doesn't matter whether there is anything wrong going on or not...bastards
PFC Joe gets married on saturday and invites his company commander, Captain Bob. Monday morning, PFC Joe is promoted to Specialist. PFC Frank is pissed, because either he doesn't like Joe, he doesn't like Bob, felt like HE should have been promoted, or is just a whiney little asshole and marches his ass right up to the battalion commander's office and starts a whole truckload of ****.
This is why officers do not put themselves in these types of situations.
I see nothing wrong with officers attending social gatherings with enlisted. Where the problems come in is when the Company CO starts hanging out at Joe Snuffy's house on the weekend and going on fisihing trips with him.
Attending weddings, parties, etc should pose no problems and in most cases are beneficial to morale.