- The misuse, if any, of government time and resources to facilitate the commission of the conduct.
I drove over to the squadron and went to the member's duty section. Using my master key, I quietly opened the door and -- well, you get the picture. Obviously this member's choice of location to conduct his adulterous activities was a clear violation of this particular standard.
- Whether the conduct persisted despite counseling or orders to desist; the flagrancy of the conduct, such as whether any notoriety ensued; and whether the adulterous act was accompanied by other violations of the UCMJ.
- The negative impact of the conduct on the units or organizations of the accused, the co-actor or the spouse of either of them, such as a detrimental effect on unit or organization morale, teamwork, and efficiency.
One time, while assigned as a First Sergeant to an Air Force F-15 squadron at Bitburg Air Base in Germany, our squadron was sent TDY (Temporary Duty) for two weeks to Nellis AFB (Las Vegas) to participate in an annual "Red Flag" flying exercise. About half-way through the TDY, I picked up on a rumor that at an off-base party on Friday night, a certain two-striper female operations clerk and a certain married captain (commissioned officer) pilot were seen dancing pretty "hot and heavy" in a corner of the bar where the party occurred. "Everyone knew" what probably happened that night, when the couple left the bar.
When I heard the rumor, I briefed the commander, and he counseled the pilot, while I had a talk with the enlisted member. We had no "proof" that sexual intercourse happened, but we wanted to nip the situation in the bud. To all indications, the affair (if any) ended immediately. However, when we returned to home base, the rumors persisted. If the two-striper smiled at the pilot when he walked by, the hallways were full of whispers. If it seemed that the pilot spent too much time at the duty desk (where the airman worked) looking over the daily flight schedule, the whispers would start again.
One day the whispers reached the ears of the pilot's wife and she passed the rumor on to the Wing Commander (however, she most certainly did not "whisper"). That's when all the stuff hit the proverbial fan. While the crime of "adultery" wasn't charged (no way to prove that actual sexual intercourse had occurred), the pilot received an Article 15 for fraternization (inappropriate conduct with an enlisted member), which pretty much ended his career. The enlisted member quietly asked for a discharge, and it was readily approved (she received a "general" discharge).