U.S. Army Amended the Laws to Revise Tattoo Restrictions

November 07, 2016   529

The U.S. Army has relaxed its regulations on tattoos in recent years as a result of the feedback form soldiers. It has rolled back a number of restrictions that was placed on tattoos in March 2014. Army published their revision of U.S. Army Regulation 670, April 10, 2015. Under the new policy a soldier can have any number or size of tattoos on his arms or legs, but still recruits are not allowed to have certain type of tattoos. Now, the restrictions are limited to, the head, neck, hands, and wrist – the only exception is to have a single tattoo of a wedding ring on the hand.

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Surveys have shown that some 30% of people between the age of 25 and 34 have at least one tattoo, so army eventually had to change the regulations after they realized that these restrictions on tattoos were costing them new recruits. The Army regulations apply to both tattoos and brands, which the army defines as ‘permanent markings that are difficult to reverse.’

U.S. Army Tattoo Policy: –

This new regulation prohibits tattoos or brands that might be considered offensive, regardless of where they appear on the body of a soldier.

What’s Not Allowed:-

Extremist tattoos: – According to the regulation tattoos or brands that depict or symbolize extremist ideas, organizations, or activities are strictly prohibited. This would include tattoos that promote racism or gender intolerance and encourage discrimination based on race, gender and religion. It also contains tattoos that advocate violence or “other unlawful means of depriving individual rights under the U.S. Constitution, and Federal or State law.”

Indecent tattoos: – Tattoos or brands that are “grossly offensive to modesty, decency, propriety, or professionalism.” The regulation does not provide examples of tattoos that come under this description.

Sexist tattoos: – According to the regulations, this includes tattoos and brands that “advocate a philosophy that degrades or demeans a person based on gender.”

Racist tattoos: – The regulation prohibits tattoos or brands that “advocate a philosophy that degrades or demeans a person based on race, ethnicity, or national origin.”

Army tattoo policy generally allows most tattoos but restricts those that are visible in uniform. The regulation however, allow one ring tattoo on each hand but it must not extend beyond where a ring naturally rests on your finger.

As a result of placement and visibility tattoos and brands are not allowed on – your head, your face, your neck above the t-shirt line, inside your eyelids, mouth or ears, your wrists and/or your hand.

“Permanent makeup,” that includes tattoos as permanent eyebrows or eyeliners, is allowed as long as you follow the Army’s rule on makeup. Regulation allows makeup only for women soldiers and requires to apply the makeup with modestly and conservatively. Recruits and soldiers are not allowed to cover disallowed tattoos with bandages or makeup. Before having a new tattoo the soldier has to talk to the unit leader to make sure the tattoo abides by the army rules. If a soldier is found to have a tattoo that evades rules commander is authorized to take immediate action.

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