Your Tattoos And Joining The Military: Military Policy Overview

Marine with Tattoo

Tattoos and Military Policy

The United States military has had a number of policies when it comes to tattoos. These policies have changed and evolved over the years and vary from military branch. In recent years these policies have been tightened because of a few incidents involving military officers. A story making headlines involved an Army sergeant accused of leading his men to kill innocent Afghan civilians. Military investigators found that the sergeant kept a personal body count of skull tattoos representing the number of civilians he had killed. Furthermore, he had been linked to white supremacists groups online. This and other cases has lead military branches to create stricter policies about where, what, how much, and how many their members can have prior to enlistment, and during service.

If you are considering joining the military, and have tattoos, then you should become familiar with your respective branch’smilitary tattoo
policies. Many military senior leaders have made public statements saying that tattoos detract from uniformed services. The policies set in place are a means to increase the professionalism and standards of serving in the U.S. Military. Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond Chandler is quoted, ‘if you have a tattoo that draws attention to yourself, you have to ask the question, are you a person who is committed to the Army? Because the Army says you are apart of the same organization. We all generally look the same. And we do not want you to stand out from the rest of the Army. Yes, we want you to set yourself apart and do great things and so on, but that does not mean tattooing yourself or doing other extreme things that draw attention to you, the individual. You are part of something larger.’ Below you can click any of the links to see an overview of the policies concerning tattoos. It is important to meet with a recruiter to get the most current policies and ask any questions you have regarding your tattoos.

The military also has policies in place regarding getting tattoos while on active duty. Meeting the appearance standards prior to joining the military is just as important as abiding by them during your service in the military. The military is concerned about bad tattoos before and after enlisting. If the military finds your tattoo inappropriate concerning their policy you will likely face punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Furthermore, the military could require you to remove the tattoo if you want to remain on active duty. In any case, the military takes your tattoos very seriously and so should you if you are a member, or are considering joining. It is possible that laser tattoo removal is in your future if the military is in your future.

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