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Army To Announce Ban On Tattoos Below Elbows, Knees

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.

by Anonymousreply 4909/28/2013


by Anonymousreply 109/24/2013

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 Anonymousreply 209/24/2013

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 Anonymousreply 309/24/2013

Dammit! There goes half of my clientele.

by Anonymousreply 409/24/2013

During PT.

by Anonymousreply 509/24/2013

PT = penis tennis?

by Anonymousreply 609/24/2013

Physical training. It includes such things as running, working out, cardio.

by Anonymousreply 709/24/2013

Gym class? Another thing to hate about the military.

by Anonymousreply 809/24/2013

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 Anonymousreply 909/24/2013


by Anonymousreply 1009/24/2013

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 Anonymousreply 1109/24/2013

Come home, R11

by Anonymousreply 1209/24/2013

This regulation needs to be extended to the general population

by Anonymousreply 1309/24/2013

R13. AGREED. Goddammit, I hate tattoos.

by Anonymousreply 1409/24/2013

Fuck you elderly assholes.

If someone has enlisted in the military, they should be able to get all the fucking tattoos they want.

by Anonymousreply 1509/24/2013


by Anonymousreply 1609/24/2013

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 Anonymousreply 1709/25/2013

R15 apparently knows nothing about the military.

by Anonymousreply 1809/25/2013

What about shaving?

by Anonymousreply 1909/25/2013

[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 Anonymousreply 2009/25/2013

Yes R19, you have to shave----the face at least. No one checks your balls.

by Anonymousreply 2109/25/2013

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 Anonymousreply 2209/25/2013

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 Anonymousreply 2309/25/2013

Great idea, tattoos are getting out of control!

by Anonymousreply 2409/25/2013

How old is the average anti-tattoo DLer? 60?

by Anonymousreply 2509/25/2013

[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 Anonymousreply 2609/25/2013

Tats on the ass will be all the rage

by Anonymousreply 2709/25/2013

Idiot at R25 some of us young folks also hate tattoos.

by Anonymousreply 2809/25/2013

Don't tell Michael Bloomberg. He'll want to enforce this rule for NYC residents.

by Anonymousreply 2909/25/2013

[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 Anonymousreply 3009/25/2013

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 Anonymousreply 3109/25/2013

"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 Anonymousreply 3209/25/2013

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 Anonymousreply 3309/25/2013

Beggars/choosers, Army! Don't too many people have tattoos these days to stick to this?

by Anonymousreply 3409/25/2013

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 Anonymousreply 3509/25/2013

R34, read R33.

by Anonymousreply 3609/25/2013

I read it, I just didn't want to believe it!

by Anonymousreply 3709/25/2013

[quote]Idiot at [R25] some of us young folks also hate tattoos.

Thank you, r28!

by Anonymousreply 3809/25/2013

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 Anonymousreply 3909/25/2013

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 Anonymousreply 4009/25/2013

[quote] there's a growing sentiment that the military is not a jobs program

Thank God!

by Anonymousreply 4109/25/2013

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 Anonymousreply 4209/25/2013

Can the semper fi poster come back and show us his cock?

by Anonymousreply 4309/25/2013

R40, it looks like just the Army for now.

BTW Semper fi and jarhead are also Marines, not Army.

by Anonymousreply 4409/25/2013

Can we still see their cocks?

by Anonymousreply 4509/25/2013

Nice, R35! LOL!

by Anonymousreply 4609/25/2013

[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 Anonymousreply 4709/28/2013

r47 That was my point. I remember doing many an assessment when I was a "pecker checker" way back when.

by Anonymousreply 4809/28/2013

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 Anonymousreply 4909/28/2013
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