The United States Army does have a lot of rules and regulations, but there have never been a whole lot for tattoos and ink on soldiers. According to a report from Reuters on Sept. 25, 2013, that may be changing as a new Army tattoo policy could put a ban on any tattoos that are visible below the elbow and knee and above the neckline.
As of now, the new Army tattoo policy is not in place, but is under consideration according to the armed forces newspaper, "Stars and Stripes."
Existing tattoos could be grandfathered in, so to speak, but there are still some limitations already in force. All soldiers cannot have any tattoos that are considered extremist, racist, or sexist. Soldiers also cannot have brand tattoos or any on their head or face.
Top non commissioned officer, Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler had a recent visit to Afghanistan, and that was where he first laid out the proposed rules. He said that Secretary John McHugh had already approved the new Army tattoo policy, but not signed off on it yet.
The changes would come to Army Regulation 670-1. This regulation oversees grooming, uniforms, and tattoos for U.S. Army soldiers.
Chandler continued on stating the changes would be part of maintaining a uniform look among all soldiers and sacrifice for the sake of the force.
It is expected that once signed, the changes the regulation could be fully in place in 30 to 60 days. The Army declined to comment at this time, but did issue a statement saying that it was "conducting final review of the forthcoming uniform policy."