Of all the rules that should or should not be implemented on the U.S. military, one governing tattoos is the last you’d expect to hear of. Nonetheless, incoming U.S. Army recruits are facing new, strict guidelines for any body art they may have. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler told his troops at bases in eastern Afghanistan that the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, only needs to sign the new rule, which will apply to Army Regulation 670-1. The rule effects insignia, limiting soldiers’ tattoos. Allegedly, the rule will prohibit soldiers from having tattoos shown below the elbows and knees or above the neckline. This is stricter than the current policy, which only disallows tattoos or branding anywhere on the head, face and neck above the uniform collar. This new law will continue to ban tattoos that are racist, sexist or extremist.
Army spokesman Troy Rolan told ABCNews.com that Army Regulation 670-1 is under evaluation. “The Army is conducting final review of the forthcoming uniform policy – Army Regulation 670-1 [the total policy applying to the wear and appearance of the Army uniform] prior to its implementation. We have nothing else to provide at this time.” The changes to this policy are due to take place within the upcoming couple months and will only apply to the Army – not any other parts of the U.S. military.