Strict Army Policy Will Limit Tattoos

But it only applies to new recruits

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Stacy Pierce of the 63rd battalion from Spokane, Washington, displays her tattoo on June 23, 2013. Under the new Army policy, this skin art would still be allowed since it is not visible in uniform.

The Army is set to crack down—on tattoos. New rules awaiting a final signature will further restrict where soldiers can place tattoos, Stars and Stripes reports.

According to the policy, tattoos can’t show below the elbows and knees or above the neckline, cutting short a tradition of body art in the Army. If you’re a current soldier with a tattoo in one of those banned areas, your tattoos have been grandfathered in. The new rules should go into effect within 60 days.

Army Regulation 670-1 will change the existing policy, which only prohibits tattoos on the head, face and neck above the class A uniform collar. Soldiers and new recruits will have to “self-identify” their tattoos.

5 comments
AnnaKelley
AnnaKelley

Heh, say goodbye to recruitment. The one job that expects you to tolerate everyone and everything! well, except tattoos?o.O"

LunaLuna371
LunaLuna371

This is stupid. What happened to freedom of speech. People that have tattoos are not less than the people without tattoos. I am so mad this happened!!!!!


zombie9466
zombie9466

Glad i did my time and got out, this military is becoming a joke more and more everyday. Judgmental people are what make this world turn sour.

josjoyce
josjoyce

Chandler, and all the other sergeants-major is absolutely worthless. Originally the rank was created to give commanders input from an enlisted perspective; instead, the sgm's have their noses up the co's butts and spend all their time f**king with lower enlisted. the posts ought to be abolished.

Maggoty
Maggoty

@josjoyce To tell the truth we need a leadership overhaul. The generals are out of touch and the sergeant majors are stuck trying to enforce garrison standards in combat conditions. I actually feel for sergeant majors, almost every E-9 I've met really does want to fight for his guys but when a general says bloused boots and tightened sleeves no matter how hot it is out, the E-9 is left with no choice. We need give the military a completely new way of acquiring officers. then the military needs to keep the men and the officers together for more than a year. Get the officers back in touch with their men, they aren't some aristocracy, and they shouldn't be treated as such.