My experience with dating was I dated every chance i could while getting sober.
AA does not suggest or recommend that any member place any aspect of their lives on hold for any predetermined amount of time or for any reason.
It's a lie that comes from people that feel an overwhelming need to say something but haven't read the book or followed the program. The actual 'caution' that this idea evolved from, came from some early 'rehabs' where it was SUGGESTED: "No 'MAJOR CHANGES' in ones first year of sobriety unless something was affecting that person's sobriety." ie No job changes, unless the job was making it really hard to stay sober. Old Timer AA's of the that era heard this and saw the common sense in the phrase and started using it: "No 'MAJOR CHANGES' in the first year of sobriety." Somehow most of that has been lost to NO DATING or NO RELATIONSHIPS the first year.
I've been in and out of the program for quite a while.
I personally never agreed with some of the rules and suggestions.
The biggest one was that you shouldn't date for your first year of sobriety.