The U.S. Army has relaxed its regulations on tattoos in recent years, but soldiers and recruits still cannot sport certain types of tattoos and must abide by strict rules on where tattoos are placed. The Army changed the regulations in 2015 after realizing that its restrictions on tattoos were costing it recruits. Surveys have shown
As part of efforts to maintain the professional appearance of the force, the Army dialed back the number, size and placement of tattoos in the March regulation. Previously authorized tattoos were “grandfathered” in, but Soldiers hoping to become an officer had to get an exception to the policy. The updated regulation takes
TATTOO POLICY. □ Unauthorized tattoo locations: U aut o ed tattoo ocat o s. O th h d f. & k ( thi b th T hit. □ On the head, face, & neck, (anything above the T-
Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia. This major revision, dated 25 May 2017— o Clarifies the restricted area for tattoos (para 3–3c). o Authorizes use of headphones in gyms and fitness centers (para 3–6a(3)). o Clarifies wear policy for shoulder bag to prohibit cross-body style wear
If you’re concerned your piercings or tattoos might stop you joining the British Army, take a look at the basic rules for those trying to pursue an Army career.
The more restrictive tattoo policy had become a sore subject for soldiers, as the new Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey quickly learned through soldier feedback. Dailey was concerned the tough tattoo rules were negatively impacting morale, and he shared these concerns with Army Chief of Staff Gen.
According to the updated AR 670-1, dated 25 May 2017 in Section 3-3: Tattoos or brands, regardless of subject matter, are prohibited on the head, face (except for permanent makeup, as provided in paragraph 3–2b(2)), neck (anything above the t-shirt neckline to include on/inside the eyelids, mouth, and