Because while her gender and high profile may have made this case exceptional, Cdr West is far from the first person in the military whose love life has impacted on their career.
One man wrote, in part: "This is one of the major problems within our society today..the dad he can protect and advise is daughter all he wants but in the end..isn't his choice or his life...belongs to her," adding that, until society realizes that "we can't control a woman's choice, it is her's [sic] to make, we will continue to have gender issues in this country."Another commenter echoed that sentiment.
"I know this is how daddies feel about their little girls and the comments are very funny," she wrote.
All branches of the United States military maintain regulations that govern dating, and any fraternization, among both officers and enlisted soldiers.
Since 1984, improper fraternization has been recognized as a punishable offense. military also has regulations regarding marriage among officers or enlisted soldiers.
"But in reality, if you treat her the way you want these boys to treat her, she will make good choices.
Retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell became famous after his harrowing experience during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan, which became the subject of the Oscar-nominated film "Lone Survivor." Recently, the military veteran has made headlines again for a Facebook status he posted about a very different topic -- fatherhood.The requirements include doing yard work and interviewing with prison guards and MMA fighters.The guidelines regarding dating vary depending upon rank, but apply regardless of gender or direct lines of command. The difficulties of maintaining a relationship in the Navy may be one of the drawbacks of service, but having a relationship with a colleague can be even more problematic – as Cdr West discovered earlier this month, when she was sent home following an alleged affair with her third-in-command.But perhaps the most controversial statement in the post is this: "Thinking about having a chastity belt made w/ a SEAL trident engraved on it and reads 'Ask father for key.' He's the 6'5 250lbs tattooed maniac that's chained to the wall.
w/ the bad temper and foaming from the mouth that's sleeps under the tarp in the back yard w/ the fire ants and snakes."As of Monday afternoon, the post has been shared over 4,500 times and has almost 40,000 "likes." While many dads have chimed in on the comments thread to express how protective they are of their own daughters, some commenters have highlighted what they see as the more problematic aspects of the post.