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The U.S. Army is releasing an update on their appearance regulations and restrictions, including a new detailed standard on tattoos.
According to Stars and Stripes, Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler confirmed that tattoos will no longer be allowed to be visible below the elbows or knees or above the neck. Any tattoos that army members have now may be grandfathered in.
Army Regulation 670-1 already states some rules on tattoos: tattoos are not to be anywhere on the head, face and neck above the class A uniform collar and the body art is not to be extremist, indecent, sexist or racist. While those stipulations still apply, the additions to the regulation will be enforced starting in the next 30 to 60 days.
Previously, commanders could not order the removal of tattoos of soldiers. With the change in regulations, however, tattoos that are considered extremist, indecent, sexist or racist will be ordered to be removed.
The Daily Mail reports that Secretary of the Army John McHugh has approved the changes in the appearance regulations, but has yet to sign the official documentation.
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