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Army tattoo policy tightens: No ink below the elbow

Army tattoo policy: The new US Army tattoo policy will ban any tattoo below the knee or elbow. The tattoo policy also forbids tattoos above the neck.

US Army tattoo policy tightens
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The Army intends to tighten its restrictions on soldiers' tattoos.

Under a proposed rule change, new recruits would not be allowed tattoos visible below the elbow or knee or above the neckline. Current soldiers would be permitted to keep any tattoos not deemed racist, sexist or extremist. But those soldiers must itemize those tattoos with the Army to ensure that no new ink has been added.

The proposed change was described to soldiers in Afghanistan on Saturday by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler, the top enlisted soldier. He said Army Secretary John McHugh favors the change but has not yet formally approved it.


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