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U.S. Army Set to Ban Tattoos Below the Elbow or Knees
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http://www.nationaljournal.com/national-...s-20130923

Existing ink jobs could be grandfathered in.
By Brian Resnick
September 23, 2013 | 3:49 p.m.

The U.S. military and tattoos have an entangled history. The rise of the tattoo in popular culture started with floods of inked veterans—especially from World War II—returning home with them. The first tattoo parlor in New York City, established in 1846, served to mark up Civil War soldiers.

It is that strong history that's probably the reason why a blog post on the Army's website declared in 2009, "Today, it seems, you couldn't throw a rock into an Army formation without hitting a Soldier with at least one tattoo."

So it might be strange for the Army to put forth a new rule banning them on commonly tattooed portions of the body.

At the Stars and Stripes, Josh Smith (a former National Journal reporter) reports that Secretary of the Army John McHugh has approved, but not yet signed, a change to the Army's appearance regulations that would ban tattoos from the forearm, below the knee, or above the neckline. The Army will also require the removal of offensive tattoos, Smith reports,

Current soldiers may be grandfathered in, but all soldiers will still be barred from having any tattoos that are racist, sexist, or extremist.

Once the rules are implemented, soldiers will sit down with their unit leaders and "self identify" each tattoo. Soldiers will be required to pay for the removal of any tattoo that violates the policy, [Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler] said.
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Can army chicks still have tramp stamps?
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I think our entire active duty military should be inked up like a bunch of Maori warriors. Ninja
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I believe the Coast Guard all ready follows that tattoo policy. I know state troopers aren't allowed to have tattoos showing below their elbows too.
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Arent there MUCH larger things to worry about? Let them get has many tats has they want.
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This won't discourage young people from getting tattoos, it will discourage them from joining the service.
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It's about time. They can't wear the uniform of the day if its short sleeve dress uniform, when it looks like they're wearing cameo because they can't control themselves and have their entire arm tattooed up from cuff to wrapped around their shoulder and back.

And then there's the men....
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bac0nfat;119457 Wrote:This won't discourage young people from getting tattoos, it will discourage them from joining the service.

Or just encourage them to "buck" the system.

When I left the Navy in 2007, I think that was the policy. I thought it was service wide..., apparently not.

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Camper;119471 Wrote:It's about time. They can't wear the uniform of the day if its short sleeve dress uniform, when it looks like they're wearing cameo because they can't control themselves and have their entire arm tattooed up from cuff to wrapped around their shoulder and back.

And then there's the men....

Think about the money the military would save on laundry if they'd just cover all their soldiers in digicam tattoos.
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streaker69;119476 Wrote:
Camper;119471 Wrote:It's about time. They can't wear the uniform of the day if its short sleeve dress uniform, when it looks like they're wearing cameo because they can't control themselves and have their entire arm tattooed up from cuff to wrapped around their shoulder and back.

And then there's the men....

Think about the money the military would save on laundry if they'd just cover all their soldiers in digicam tattoos.

And what? Increase the number of service members with PTSD?







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