Skip to comments.Army soldiers to get new policy concerning tattoos, grooming (No "extremist" tatoos
Posted on 09/27/2013 3:16:36 AM PDT by 11th_VA
The Sgt. Major of the Army has a new message for his soldiers: Stand out for your achievements and not for how you look, according to an article by the Stars and Stripes newspaper.
Sgt. Major Raymond Chandler told a group of troops stationed in Afghanistan about upcoming changes to the Army's tattoo and grooming policy.
New recruits will not be allowed to have tattoos that show below the elbows and knees or above the neckline, once the Secretary of the Army signs off on the changes.
Current soldiers can be grandfathered in, but everyone will be barred from having racist, sexist or extremist permanent ink and will be responsible for removing that type of tattoo on their own dime.
The newspaper also reported other potential changes would control make-up, fingernail polish, hair styles, body piercings and length of sideburns.
Code word for no Christian symbols is my guess.....
How about “I LOVE THE UN” “global warming is my friend” “I am A LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE, “Me and Mao forever” “Che is my guru”
But fecalphelia is okay . . .
“Code word for no Christian symbols is my guess.....”
A small cross tattooed on the body in Roman times was a death sentence if it was seen. Now, it will just get you thrown out of the Army, is my guess. No word yet on the crescent moon and star tattoo.
Tattoos out......tutus in! What in the hell is my military turning into?
I guess a “Homos Suck “ tattoo would have to go.
Nothing dissing the holy prophet of islam, I bet...
Oh. Mandatory beards?
“Nothing dissing the holy prophet of islam, I bet...”
I have a cross of St James below the knee, so I’m out. You don’t get a better anti-muslim symbol than that. It’s the banner that the Europeans used to kick the Moors out of Spain.
Under this administration, I would expect a ban on the American flag to be next.
This summer, I wrapped up three years of civilian service working around Army personnel. I’m over fifty, so maybe I’m more conservative than most folks. The bulk of Army folks I’ve come to know have absorbed the tattoo business and gone to ‘turbo’. Some folks I’ve come across have forty to fifty tattoos....of various shapes and sizes, with some meanings related to war, friendship, those who passed on, political feelings, and their favorite rock band.
Up until this point, the Army leadership has tried to just avoid looking at it, and trying to say it’s the total soldier that matters. Some folks and their gang tattoos, their extreme view tattoos, and profanity wording...are making this all a general problem.
I agree, it’s opening up a can of worms, and going to be heavily discussed by the younger generation soldiers versus the older NCOs....to the ninth degree. Most of us would just say we want a guy who is disciplined and able to stand up in combat...but these little factors often matter when the fight is finished.
On another subject....if you haven’t been to a Army Commissary on Saturday in July in the past five years....and viewed the various tattoos of Army wives....you are missing a ‘thrill’. On this topic, Army leadership can’t say or do much...except post some old warrior NCO at the frontdoor and limit entry if clothing or lusty tattoo situations are too challenging for the public.
No way they can ban the Gadsden flag, nor the Gonzalez flag (Come and Take it), nor the dissected serpent (Unite or Die)...all of these are very patriotic. I wonder if that means no more Stars and Bars, though. It seems like the forces of PC are doing their best to make the rebel flag verboten.
Crossed penis tats and all manner of gay depictions are fine... especially on the face or below the elbow.
“Death before dishonor” is obviously out.
They can ban anything they want to ban, patriotic or not.
During the Cold War my Navy husband got a small Confederate flag on his forearm. When he became sick with cancer, and was hospitalized many times, the black nurses would always comment. I made it a point to NEVER leave him alone with them.
One of the army gal’s I worked around in 2011...had a tattoo on her leg that had to run around $2,500 total. It took several visits to the artist to get it done, and she wanted to show it to everyone. I just stood there....at least six different colors and all elaborate in nature....and wondering how it’d look in twenty years...then having to pay another $1,500 to recolor it.
This is the issue of all tattoo episodes....none are still valid or rich in color in thirty years. You just blow cash away.
The Confederate flag was something that did not mean much to me when growing up. I knew the history of the Civil War and it did have some historical meaning. However, I was born in NY, so the Confederacy was just historical footnote to me. When joining the military, I encountered many Marines who had it as a tattoo. For the most part, they wore it as a nod to their Southern heritage and not as a racialist badge. The recent efforts to co-opt the Rebel flag by some and to demonize by others has made it into something that most Southerners did not intend. If the demonization campaign is successful, it may banned by the military as an extremist or divisive symbol; however, I think banning such things only tends to make them more powerful in the minds of those resistant to such action. This is very much a slippery slope and I worry that the military will overreact to the current fad of tattooing.
My sympathies for your husband. I hope that he has received the best care available.