You are looking at it from an understandably civilian perspective. The military has very strict, and sometimes antiquated, guidelines about what is and is not acceptable behavior. From the minimal details in the article (a man and a woman being involved) it sounds like it was fraternization. Until more details are released, it is only speculation on my part.
Once again, without more information, it’s hard to really tell what happened. But in general, relationships between enlisted personal and officers are against the rules. The pilot was guaranteed to be an officer (and as the article state, male). As for the female involved, she is most likely enlisted for there to be this kind of reaction. The exact wording is “the conduct was prejudicial to good order and discipline or was of a nature to bring discredit on the armed services”. The relationship is off limits when it crosses the boundary of what would normally be considered a “professional” working relationship. Anything that can/could affect the effectiveness of the unit, the morale, or its capabilities is under the government’s purview.
When you agree to join the volunteer armed forces in the US, you give up certain rights and privileges that one would otherwise have as normal citizen. Your first amendment rights are curtailed, i.e. you can’t criticize the Commander in Chief (The President of the US), as are your 4th, 5th and others. It’s on the dotted line when they signed the contract and took the oath.
Forgot to post the links:
usmilitary.about.com/od/justicel … zation.htm
usmilitary.about.com/od/airforce … zation.htm
126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:Jg … =clnk&cd=3