New Army tattoo policy fueling debate among service men, women
POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:35pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 5:39pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — The updated Army Regulation 670-1 was approved by Army Secretary John McHugh on March 6th and the new regulations were published on March 18 via. Facebook. Among the new changes, many additional tattoo rules were implemented and new policies on issues including fingernail polish and general uniform wear.
The changes include:
■ Sideburns on male soldiers will not extend below the bottom of the ear opening.
■ Female soldiers can wear their hair in a ponytail during physical training.
■ Tattoos are not authorized on the face, head, neck or hands.
■ Soldiers may have no more than four visible tattoos below the elbow or the knee; tattoos must be smaller than the size of the wearer’s hand.
■ Sleeve tattoos on the arms or legs are not authorized.
■ Enlisted soldiers who exceed the tattoo limit cannot request commissioning; they are not grandfathered.
■ Commanders must validate all tattoos above the neckline, below the elbows and below the knees with a description of the color and shape on an official memo.
■ Commanders will conduct an annual check for new tattoos or brands in prohibited locations.
■ Soldiers may carry a plain black umbrella during inclement weather while wearing the service, dress and mess uniforms. Umbrellas are not authorized in formations or when wearing field or utility uniforms.