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article imageBefore going to the Army recruiter, check your tattoos

By W. Mark Dendy     Oct 7, 2013 in Lifestyle
If you plan to join the Army, think twice about where you get that next tattoo. And if you are already a soldier, soon you will be prevented from get tattooed below the knees or elbows.
According to the Oct. 6, Wall Street Journal, a new set of Army regulations regarding tattoo placement is “under final review.”
Each branch of the military has been trying to reign in inking of its personnel. The Marine Corps “banned sleeve tattoos and those covering the leg below the knee” in 2007, part of an effort to improve “the public's perception of the well-disciplined branch.”
The Army has the least restrictive rules regarding “tats”, and many see tattooing as not a big deal, particularly in an age when “nearly 40% of millennials, or those now 18 to 29 years old, have a tattoo.”
As the Army reviews the new regulations that would give the branch a more professional look, soldiers are rushing off to add ink to parts of the human canvas that will be banned once the regs take effect.
The rules are anticipated to be in place in about 60 days; in the meantime, those with tattoos in place will be grandfathered in. So, a lot of ink is expected to run into the arms and legs on which many soldiers wish to display their skin art
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