Jr enlisted and Jr officer question

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Ms. Diesel, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. Ms. Diesel

    Ms. Diesel New Member

    Jun 2, 2016
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    I have a family friend who is retired gunny in the Marines. I am moving duty stations and he was to introduce me to an O-3 in the Marines to help me get settled in and help me buy a car and show me around. He is married. I am a Jr enlisted female in the Navy and I was wondering if this would be okay or not. My family friend is not one to care much for rules any more so he is saying of course it's alright.
  2. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 5-Year Member

    Sep 27, 2008
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    Your new command should assign you a sponsor, another enlisted person who can help you settle in. You will also have your own chain of command to assist you.

    Since you don't know the O-3, that puts her in a difficult position WRT assisting you with your personal life. She could be made aware of you being there and your connection with the retired gunny, and keep a kindly eye out.

    Learning how to handle some basic life tasks is part of the fun/challenge of maturing. Bet there is a chief in your new chain of command who has helped many a young Sailor step up and learn how to do things on their own. You will be more comfortable, I believe.

    Best wishes for a great start to your life as a proud Sailor.
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  3. Old Navy BGO

    Old Navy BGO 5-Year Member

    Jan 5, 2012
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    OP indicates the Marine O-3 is married male, she is young enlisted female. This creates a potential for problems , even if completely above board, and nothing but a friendly relationship. While it couldn't hurt to acknowledge your family friend (the Gunny ) offer by making the contact with the Marine Officer, and I suspect that it makes your family more comfortable knowing this friend of a friend is there as a safety net , CAPT MJ hits it on the head -- use your command assigned sponsor and develop relationships within the command.
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  4. ktnatalk

    ktnatalk Sailor. Shipmate. Parent.

    Feb 20, 2016
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    I think you already know there could be problems for having unduly familiar relationship between officers and enlisted. There is. (I believe Army and Air Force may have slightly different rules.) I suggest politely turning down his assistance, and use the assigned sponsor instead.

    Edit: Have you received a welcome aboard letter/email and have you been assigned a sponsor yet? Is there instruction on your orders regarding how to contact the command?
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2016

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