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Stricter tatoo regulations coming to the Army

The new regulations state that soldiers can not have tattoos that show below the elbows and knees or above the neckline.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV/ABC News) – Incoming U.S. Army recruits will face new, stricter guidelines for any tattoos they want on their body, under new regulations recently announced.

According to Stars and Stripes, Army Sergeant Major Raymond Chandler told troops at a base in eastern Afghanistan that Secretary of the Army John McHugh only needs to sign the new rule that will apply to Army Regulation 670-1, which indicates rules for the wear and appearance of Army uniforms and insignia.

Army spokesman Troy Rolan indicated to ABC News that Army Regulation 670-1 is still under evaluation.

Stars and Stripes reports that the new regulations state that soldiers can not have tattoos that show below the elbows and knees or above the neckline.

Currently, soldiers are not allowed to have tattoos or brands anywhere on the head, face, and neck above the class A uniform collar, or that are racist, sexist or extremist, according to Stars and Stripes.

Chandler said soldiers who currently have tattoos in the banned areas of the body will be grandfathered in, but once the rules are implemented, soldiers will have to "self-identify" any tattoos with a unit leader.

The changes are expected to occur in the next 30 to 60 days and will only apply to the Army, not other parts of the US military yet.

Updates to Army Regulation 670-1 are also expected to outline new rules on grooming, hair styles, and body piercings.

For more details, check out this ABC News report.


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