Many are familiar with the mandatory processing requirements in sexual harassment cases imposed by MARCORSEPMAN 6210.8 as it applies to enlisted cases, but some have asked whether the same applies in officer cases? The answer is yes. The mandatory processing requirements come from SECNAVINST 5300.26D and apply equally to officers and enlisted.
For some reason, unknown to JPL, these provisions were not included in SECNAVINST 1910.6C that addresses separation of officers.
SECNAVINST 5300.26D states:
Military personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps shall be processed for administrative separation on the first substantiated incident of sexual harassment involving any of the following circumstances (for the purposes of this subparagraph, an incident is substantiated if there has been a court-martial conviction or if the commanding officer determines that sexual harassment has occurred): (1) Action, threats, or attempts to influence another's career or job in exchange for sexual favors; or (2) Rewards in exchange for sexual favors; or (3) Physical contact of a sexual nature which, if charged as a violation of the UCMJ, could result in punitive discharge.