Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler confirmed to Stars and Stripes over the weekend that ink visible below the elbows or knees, as well as tattoos visible above the neck, will soon be forbidden for soldiers. Existing tattoos in those areas may be grandfathered in, however.
Army To Announce Ban On Tattoos Below Elbows, Knees
|by Anonymous||reply 49||09/28/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 1||09/24/2013|
So if there were a draft, all you'd have to do to get out of it is get a tattoo on your calf or forearm?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/24/2013|
They would not enforce that if there were a draft.
I can understand forearms and above the neck, but lower legs? How often do soldiers wear shorts?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||09/24/2013|
Dammit! There goes half of my clientele.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||09/24/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/24/2013|
PT = penis tennis?
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/24/2013|
Physical training. It includes such things as running, working out, cardio.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/24/2013|
Gym class? Another thing to hate about the military.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/24/2013|
They ought to ban tattoos entirely...
in the military and in porn. I'm so friggin sick of looking at douchebags who have inked their bodies.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||09/24/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 10||09/24/2013|
Terrible idea, most modern soldiers are poor and unedumacated trailer trash which means tats!
I suppose next they'll only want soldiers with Ivy League credentials?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||09/24/2013|
Come home, R11
|by Anonymous||reply 12||09/24/2013|
This regulation needs to be extended to the general population
|by Anonymous||reply 13||09/24/2013|
R13. AGREED. Goddammit, I hate tattoos.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/24/2013|
Fuck you elderly assholes.
If someone has enlisted in the military, they should be able to get all the fucking tattoos they want.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||09/24/2013|
I bet R8 is FFFFAAAATTTT...
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/24/2013|
The Bible prohibits the tattooing of human flesh in Leviticus, right up there with M/M buggering.
How come no one ever mentions this?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/24/2013|
R15 apparently knows nothing about the military.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/24/2013|
What about shaving?
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/24/2013|
[quote] If someone has enlisted in the military, they should be able to get all the fucking tattoos they want.
Because there's nothing as liberating as joining the uniformed, jarheaded army.
Now get into your formation.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/24/2013|
Yes R19, you have to shave----the face at least. No one checks your balls.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/25/2013|
This regulation was always on the books, it just wasn't enforced. I remember a few guys who got into trouble for getting tatts when I was in the military(somewhere mid-Bronze Age). Hell, one guy got busted for getting such a bad sunburn, that he was out of commission for several weeks(destroying military property, doncha' know?) I can't imagine why they're doing this? It's gonna' be troublesome on their yearly physicals, because every tattoo has to be documented, in detail. To my way of thinking though, tatts are good, because it would help to identify remains, if there was any doubt.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/25/2013|
Don't know if it is still the case but in the late 80s, guys in special forces weren't allowed to have any tattoos. My friend was a ranger and told me about it when I asked why he didn't have a green beret tattoo. They didn't want any identifiable tattoos if they were captured.
I'm sure in today's armed forces that gang tattoos are also a problem. If the NFL has to start examining every potential player with law enforcement, I'm sure the federal government is concerned about gang tattoos.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/25/2013|
Great idea, tattoos are getting out of control!
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/25/2013|
How old is the average anti-tattoo DLer? 60?
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/25/2013|
[quote]If someone has enlisted in the military, they should be able to get all the fucking tattoos they want.
Yes, because we all know the military stands for permissiveness and personal expression above all else.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/25/2013|
Tats on the ass will be all the rage
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/25/2013|
Idiot at R25 some of us young folks also hate tattoos.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/25/2013|
Don't tell Michael Bloomberg. He'll want to enforce this rule for NYC residents.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/25/2013|
[R21] What do you mean? I was a "short arm" inspector in the Navy. Had I found a shaved crotch, it would have been surprising.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/25/2013|
PORN fake Marines shave, bros pretending to be Military shave. As someone who has been there, no one in active service has the time to think about shaving.
Besides which they would be mercilessly teased in the showers.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||09/25/2013|
"The Bible prohibits the tattooing of human flesh in Leviticus, right up there with M/M buggering.
How come no one ever mentions this?"
Actually, many observant Jews....get out more, Gladys.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/25/2013|
OP et al.:
The Army's current end-strength is currently 560,000+. Due to budget constraints, that number could be reduced by 110,000 by 2017. I work for DoD and there's a growing sentiment that the military is not a jobs program, so implementing quality control measures is seen as a way of controlling the flow of recruits.
The Army can easily meet its recruiting goals while weeding out a seemingly large (but not really) subset of the general population. Besides, let's be honest, the smarter someone is, the less likely they are to have a bunch of tattoos.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||09/25/2013|
Beggars/choosers, Army! Don't too many people have tattoos these days to stick to this?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||09/25/2013|
Another way to think about this policy is it actually prevents enlistees from wasting money and experiencing trauma. I'm sure it is quite devastating to realize that, in addition to your legs having been blown off by an IED, you also wasted money on some tattoos you will never see again.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||09/25/2013|
R34, read R33.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||09/25/2013|
I read it, I just didn't want to believe it!
|by Anonymous||reply 37||09/25/2013|
[quote]Idiot at [R25] some of us young folks also hate tattoos.
Thank you, r28!
|by Anonymous||reply 38||09/25/2013|
I'm in a blue collar town and you'd be surprised how many high school students leave school each afternoon wearing ROTC uniforms in green and blue.
With this announcement, the kids will know before they turn 18 - age of consent for tattoos.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||09/25/2013|
What about the Marines? I'm currently fucking a heavily tatted Marine.
Of course, I didn't know HOW many tattoos he had until the clothes were off and by then I was already smitten. So it doesn't really matter.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||09/25/2013|
[quote] there's a growing sentiment that the military is not a jobs program
|by Anonymous||reply 41||09/25/2013|
Tattoos are not accepted in the business world. Believe what you want, but you probably won't get hired or promoted with visible tattoos. Neck tattoos will exclude you from almost every job except musician, auto mechanic, and garbage man.
Want to see how someone who dislikes tattoos deals with them? Just look at Vivian Stringer's players on Rutgers Women's basketball team. Coach Stringer makes players with tattoos either tape them up or wear tight fitting white colored arm or leg sleeves. Players might arrive at Rutgers with tattoos, but they don't get new ones during their 4 years on the banks of the Raritan.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||09/25/2013|
Can the semper fi poster come back and show us his cock?
|by Anonymous||reply 43||09/25/2013|
R40, it looks like just the Army for now.
BTW Semper fi and jarhead are also Marines, not Army.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||09/25/2013|
Can we still see their cocks?
|by Anonymous||reply 45||09/25/2013|
Nice, R35! LOL!
|by Anonymous||reply 46||09/25/2013|
[quote]It's gonna' be troublesome on their yearly physicals, because every tattoo has to be documented, in detail.
Since WWII tatts have always been listed on the yearly physical forms for military.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||09/28/2013|
r47 That was my point. I remember doing many an assessment when I was a "pecker checker" way back when.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||09/28/2013|
I know a guy who went out the last weekend before graduation from Airborne Ranger School, I think he had two jumps left before completion, and got a gigantic tattoo--shoulder to elbow, of a parachute and guns, and flag, and AIRBORNE, God knows what else.
First thing Monday morning he landed wrong on a jump, blew out his knee, and they kicked him out of Airborne. He was still wearing the bandage on the tattoo.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||09/28/2013|