Changes are coming to military rules, when it comes to tattoos.
The Army says it will no longer accept recruits, with some visible tattoos.
The Army says it’ll no longer allow recruits with tattoos that show below the elbows and knees and above the neck. The Army says the rule changes have been in the works for about a year.
The Secretary of the Army has already approved them.
Current soldiers may be grandfathered in, but all soldiers will still not be allowed to have tattoos that are racist, sexist or extremist.
Once the rules are in place, soldiers will have to “self identify” each tattoo.
If any violate the policy, the soldier will have to pay to get them removed.
The army says it’s a matter of maintaining a uniform look.
Some tattoo artists and former soldiers agree but say some soldiers may try to get around the policy by getting them after being instated.
“I mean when you join you’re basically losing your own identity, you’re becoming someone that can follow in with what they tell you to do, so they want that right out of the gate, so if you’ve already kind of slipped and you’ve got tattoos all over, you’re already kind of one of those guys,” says Stephen Pickel, a former soldier and a tattoo artist with No Regrets Tattoo.
The military says the rule changes are awaiting one more signature to be officially instated.
The changes will most likely become policy in the next 30 to 60 days.