Army (Navy) Romance Story : Love And Frater..
Is “Falling in Love” tantamount to “Conduct Unbecoming” of an Officer…
A couple of days in the past somebody requested me whether an officer was allowed to marry a soldier.
This reminded me of a story 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 so that you can read.
Pricey Reader : Do enjoy the story – and do comment and tell me your views about love and marriage between officers and troopers/sailors…
LOVERS IN UNIFORM
Fiction Short Story
LOVERS IN UNIFORM – A Spoof by Vikram Karve
The young lady naval officer – a Lieutenant – parks her scooter and begins walking to her office within the navy shore establishment – a stone frigate.
The second she enters her workplace – she sees her boss – the top of the Training Division – a middle-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 Training Officer on the bottom.
The Commander (Ed) says anxiously: “Put on your peak cap and include me quick. The Outdated Man needs to see you instantly.”
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 doesn’t ask them to take a seat down.
The Commodore gets straight to the point.
He appears at the younger lady naval officer and asks her: “Where the hell were you last night ”
“Sir…Sir…” she stutters.
“Come on, speak up – I haven’t obtained all day,” the Commodore shouts.
“Sir, I had gone for a movie,” she says.
“I know – at Eros – I was sitting right behind you,” the Commodore says.
“Sorry Sir – I did not see you – otherwise I might have absolutely wished you,” she says.
“Don’t give me bullshit – I don’t care two hoots whether you want me or not. I want to know who was that man sitting proper subsequent to you – the bugger with whom you have been indulging in a disgusting public display of affection – they name it PDA – don’t they ” the Commodore says.
“Yes, Sir – they name it PDA – public show of affection,” the Commander (Ed) says.
“You shut up. Did I ask you… ” the Commodore scowls at the Schoolie Commander (Ed) – who begins trembling inside.
The Commodore appears at the young 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 simply two have been getting intimate – and you had been shamelessly making out with him right there in the movie corridor – you were indulging in most scandalous conduct. And that too in public. Bloody PDA or no matter they call 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 is 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 listen to me clearly – I won’t have my officers shacking up with sailors…” the Commodore bellows.
The Commodore turns crimson 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 advised you to shut your bloody entice, didn’t I… ” the Commodore barks at the Commander (Ed).
“I am sorry, Sir…” the Commander (Ed) says.
Then – the Commodore appears at the young lady navy officer and asks her: “How are you aware this man ”
“Sir – we are childhood associates,” she says.
“You are childhood mates with a sailor… How is that attainable… ” the Commodore asks her.
“Sir – we have been neighbours – we went to the same faculty – he was my elder brother’s classmate. And our fathers have been good buddies – they have been from the identical hometown. Sir – our fathers have been in the navy,” the lady navy officer says.
“Your fathers were officers in the navy ” the Commodore asks her.
“No Sir – our fathers have been sailors – they retired as Grasp Chief Petty Officers,” the lady naval officer says.
“Oh. So you became 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 examination – however he was chosen 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 rush for him to hitch 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 – call it destiny – but you remember one thing – you are an officer – and you can’t fraternize with sailors. Is that clear… ” the Commodore says.
“Sir – he plans to give up the navy and be part of 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 year contract,” the lady naval officer says.
“That’s a great distance off. Now you listen to me carefully – so long as you’re a naval officer and he’s a sailor in the navy – you are not to satisfy him or maintain contact with him in any way – you are not to have any form of relationship or friendship with him – is that clear… ” the Commodore says firmly.
“Sir – Please Sir – he is more than a buddy – we are thinking of getting married,” the lady naval officer says.
“You wish to get married to a sailor… Are you bloody loopy… I hope he just isn’t screwing you – that’s the last bloody factor 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 you don’t like foul language, is it Okay, younger lady – I will speak to you in plain and simple language that you may perceive. Now you pay attention carefully – when you don’t do as I say – if you happen to meet that sailor once more – you may be in deep hassle – we will throw the e book at you,” the Commodore says menacingly.
“Throw the e-book at me, Sir ” the lady naval officer asks.
“The Navy Act – I recommend you purchase a copy – it is accessible at any bookstore which sells legislation books. Of course – there may be a copy in our library too. And be sure to read Chapter VIII – Articles of Warfare…” the Commodore says.
“Articles of Battle… Sir – however there is no such thing as a battle going on…” 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 – they usually very a lot apply to that top-and-mighty Chief Petty Officer – that bloody boyfriend of yours. We will see to it that both of you’re punished severely…” the Commodore says threateningly.
“Sir – but what flawed have we completed… We are 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 need you to hurt him in any approach…” the lady naval officer pleads.
“You are asking me what unsuitable you could have done… I instructed you, didn’t I You might be an Officer. He is a Sailor. And – an Officer can not fall in love with a Sailor – that is what is fallacious. You’re both are guilty of fraternization – so we’ll cost you each – and both of you are more likely to face court-martial…” the Commodore warns the lady officer.
“Court-martial… Sir – please don’t say such issues. You might be talking as if we’ve broken the legislation – as if we’ve got committed some grave offence…” the lady naval officer says, trembling with trepidation.
“Of course, you could have committed an offence,” the Commodore says matter-of-factly.
“Offence What offence have we committed, Sir We’re simply seeing each other. With what offence can you charge us ” the lady naval officer asks.
“We can always cost you with the “catch-all offence” – you will be charged with conduct prejudicial to good order and naval discipline – both of you – beneath Part seventy four 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 just because we went out together on a date… ”
“Yes. You’re an officer and he’s a sailor – you have to respect the difference in your ranks. You are breaking self-discipline by fraternizing with a sailor and not respecting the difference in rank. An officer participating in an unduly acquainted relationship with a sailor is prejudicial to good order and naval discipline and is unacceptable behaviour. It is simply not done. It is gross indiscipline. Do you understand ”
“Sir, it’s our private life. We see one another when we are off-obligation – and we meet outside in civilian areas. So how are we breaking self-discipline ”
“There isn’t any private life when you be a part of the navy. You higher fall in line and behave yourself – or you both can 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 are 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 fifty four (2) of the Navy Act – go and check it up. I informed you we are going to throw the e book at you in case you don’t behave yourself…” the Commodore says, trying the Lady Lieutenant in the attention.
The younger lady naval officer – the Lady Lieutenant – appears to be like as if she goes to interrupt down with concern.
Then – the Commodore seems to be on the Schoolie Commander (Ed) – and the Commodore shouts on the Schoolie Commander: “As for you – in case you don’t cease her from continuing this nonsense – we’ll cost you with abetment of all the offences she is committing – and you can say goodbye to your career.”
“Abetment… ” the flabbergasted Schoolie Commander (Ed) asks.
“Go and browse 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 doesn’t stop instantly – all of you will be in massive trouble – you – Commander (Ed) – the sailor boyfriend – and particularly you, young lady,” the Commodore says – turning to the younger lady naval officer.
The Commodore seems to be on the Lady Lieutenant and repeats his final phrases: “Yes – particularly you, Lieutenant – you may be in actual deep trouble – they may even throw you stone island red 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 pace and dispatch.
Yes – the Captain of the ship is stone island red taking swift motion on the Lady Lieutenant’s boyfriend – her “lover boy” sailor.
Earlier than he realizes what is happening – the hapless sailor is immediately transferred to a ship headed east – to be dropped off to his new duty station on a distant desolate island in the course of the sea.
Next morning – the younger lady naval officer is sitting in a prepare – on her method to take up her new appointment as the Training 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 say: … “out of sight” – “out of mind” …
In true navy model – an awkward drawback has been neatly solved.
The “lovers in uniform” have been separated.
A scandalous liaison has been terminated.
A messy courtroom martial has been averted.
Navy customs and traditions have been upheld.
As the speeding prepare heads in the direction of her new vacation spot – the Lady Lieutenant yearns for her boyfriend – yes – naval officers have “hearts” too.
As her 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 must by no means combat against the system – because the system all the time wins…!”
“Fraternization” is a uniquely navy idea.
“Fraternization” is the term traditionally used to establish private relationships that contravene the customary bounds of acceptable senior-subordinate relationships.
Within the Defence Providers – “Fraternization” is prohibited because 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 familiar relationship”.
Many different relationships like relationship, residing collectively and other intimate friendships will also be deemed to be “unduly acquainted relationships”.
Strictly talking – prohibition of Fraternization ought to apply to all Navy Personnel – each to Officers and to PBOR (Personnel Beneath Officer Rank which comprise all Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen).
However – in the Indian Armed Forces – quite a lot of leniency is shown as far as relationships between senior male officers and junior female officers are concerned (regardless of their distinction in rank).
Many male officers have “unduly familiar relationships” with feminine officers (marriage).
Is that this not “fraternization”
Strictly talking – it’s fraternization.
However – in apply it’s not handled as “fraternization”.
In truth – “brother officers” are permitted to marry “sister officers” – yes – male officers are allowed to marry female officers.
There are various “in-service couples” in the Armed Forces – and this trend of DIFC (Double Income Fauji Couples) is increasing in all the three Defence Providers.
Somebody even stated that the Military, Navy and Air Power encourage marriages between uniformed “Fauji” officers by providing numerous sops like frequent postings (partner postings) and twin accommodation seniority carry ahead and many others.
This encouragement to “marriage in uniform” is obvious if you happen to observe the rising variety of marriages between male officers and female officers in the uniformed services.
Does this not go towards the tenets of “fraternization”
Suppose – within the Navy – a male Commander marries a feminine Lieutenant – or – in the Army – a male Lieutenant Colonel marries a female Captain – or – within the Air Force – a male Squadron Chief marries a feminine Flight Lieutenant – is it not a case of “fraternization”…
Surprisingly – marriages and intimate relationships between two officers are usually not thought of “fraternization” within 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 is going to happen if a feminine defence officer desires to marry a male soldier, sailor or airman…
It may happen – anyone can fall in love with anybody.
Will the armed forces enable officers to marry troopers, sailors or airmen
For example – will the Army permit a feminine Main to marry a male JCO…
Like within the story above – will the Navy enable 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 Beneath Officer Rank)…
Strictly speaking – fraternization contains officer-officer relationships as properly – and will apply to intimate/romantic relationships between two officers of varying seniority.
Nevertheless – 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 more modern and progressive – things could change.
You may say that is is a colonial legacy of the “Raj” – however – at current – the “class system” is still prevalent in India – each within the Defence Services” – and even within the Civilian Bureaucracy.
In every single place ” there are two classes – Officers and Non-Officers.
Coming again to life in military uniform – will class obstacles ever break down – at the least so far as “fraternization” is concerned
Perhaps – it should happen someday within the near future.
Until then – “fauji” love stories that cross the “class barrier” could have sad endings – like the story of the sick-fated “Lovers in Uniform”. Should you share this publish, please give due credit score to the author Vikram Karve
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