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Master of Science

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Maj Paul Thurston


The purpose of this study is to analyze any differences in reported incidents of fraternization based on relative isolation of location. To fulfill this purpose, a variety of types of fraternization cases were reviewed and analyzed. All data extracted was coded across five factors of fraternization and punishment. Statistical tests determined whether differences in fraternization factors were due to common error or to true differences based on relative isolation of location. Seven different hypotheses relating fraternization and location were tested. Statistical analysis showed that reported fraternization incidents are more likely to be of a sexual nature and involve people of different genders. In addition, fraternization cases in isolated areas are more likely to involve members within the same chain of command. The data also showed that isolated locations have a higher relative occurrence of non-judicial punishment, while fraternization in non-isolated locations is more likely to result in judicial punishment (dismissal resulting from court martial).

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