New Tattoo Regulations in the Army

By Leah Kirstein

Published 03/25 2014 06:01PM

Updated 03/25 2014 06:07PM

CLEARFIELD COUNTY - If you have a tattoo on your head, neck, face, hands, fingers, wrists or have a sleeve new Army regulations say you cannot join.

"I could understand if it was gang tattoos or something, but just a general tattoo what's it matter " said Corey Agnew.

The rules were approved March 6, by an Army Secretary and will soon go into effect. Soldiers who already have them will be required to document them and cannot get more. If someone has more than 4 visible tattoos below the knee or elbow they will not be able to be moved into commissioned ranks.

"The reason I got tattoos before they sent me was to prove that I was an American" said former Army Sergeant Thomas Burnside.

He spent 22 years in the military and went on 4 tours. He has two tattoos on his biceps that he keep covered. He got them to make him easily identifiable in case he became a prisoner of war.


All branches on the Military have similar rules so, it is important to check the rules with recruiters before you get ink.

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