If you are thinking about enlisting in the military and you have tattoos, you will want to read this blog first before going to visit your local recruiter. There are specific regulations regarding tattoos for each branch of the military; be sure to find out what the rules are for new recruits for the branch you are wanting to join. The Army has recently updated its tattoo policy with Army Regulation 670-1. You can view the section on tattoos on pages 10-12 at the following link: http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r670_1.pdf
You will find they do not allow tattoos on the head (including the face and neck) or on the hands, fingers or wrists. They allow no more than four visible tattoos below the elbow (to the wrist bone) or below the knee. You can’t have a full arm or leg sleeve tattoo. If you are a soldier and get a new tattoo that is not in compliance, they will require you to have it removed. You can be pretty sure that all branches of service will forbid any tattoos that have to do with drug use, racism, sexism, extremist groups, are gang related or are sexually explicit. Not only can prohibited tattoos keep you from being able to enlist, but they can impede your ability to become a commissioned officer if they are not in compliance with the rules. The Army feels strongly about this issue. While they do allow grandfathering of out of compliance tattoos for those who are already enlisted, the process involves the Commander checking tattoos in current soldiers, photo documenting them and uploading this data to the Soldier’s Army Military Human Resource Record (AMHRR). They want to keep an eye on you once you are enlisted; an annual monitoring system in place with your Commander being responsible for performing an annual check of each soldier’s tattoo to make sure they remain in compliance with the rules. So if you have ink that you need to get rid of so you can enlist, contact us at Remove A Tattoo.