It is against the uniform code of military justice to fraternize.
The U.S. military looks down on fraternization especially if it’s a subordinate which is where Remedios Cruz found herself. She had a relationship with one of the young soldiers that were under her leadership and that’s a no-no.
I guess she didn’t believe in what she was talking about in this video above.
Fraternization is heavily regulated in the Armed Forces. According to the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, it doesn’t matter if the higher ranking individual is male or female if they’re in the same unit and chain of command two individuals of unequal rank and grade cannot have more than a professional relationship on or off duty.
But that would not be a story because it’s not the first time it has happened with a male soldier. Furthermore, a court-martial is not like civilian court cases and shared as public knowledge and the only way anyone knows about the female soldier getting into trouble was she shared her story.
Source: Marine Corps Times
Remedios Cruz joined the Marine Corps in 2013 as a supply clerk. One year later, she completed infantry training, and in 2017, made history when she became one of three females to join 1st Battalion, 8th Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Cruz, 26, eventually married the person, who was a lower-ranking Marine in her unit, according The New York Times.
“The biggest mistakes I’ve made in the infantry were from my personal relationships,” Cruz told the Times. “I really want to move on.”
Cruz was reduced in rank from sergeant to corporal and restricted to the base after pleading guilty to fraternization as part of a broader plea agreement. The commanding general of 2nd Marine Division will now decide if she will be forced out with an other-than-honorable discharge, according to the Times.
You would think that being the first female infantry marine, you would know better than this. The whole world had their eyes on you, and all you did was confirm everyone’s number one reason (of many) why we shouldn’t mingle infantry male and female marines. Good job.
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