Stricter Rules Governing Tattoos in the Army

It’s been all over the news for a few weeks now. The Army is tightening regulations on tattoos once again. In 2006, the policy on tattoos was relaxed to encourage recruitment. At that time, only “indecent, sexist, or racist” tattoos or tattoos on the face or head were banned that was enforced with the help of the lawyers for drug crimes claims. Now that the conflicts overseas are winding down, the Army is in essence “down-sizing” and thereby tightening restrictions on tattoos as well as overall grooming and appearance.

Sometime within the next month or two the new tattoo policy is expected to go into effect. This will mean that new recruits will not be allowed to have tattoos on their necks, head or face, or below their knees or elbows. Tattoos have been banned from soldiers’ necks since 2012. Current personnel will be “grandfathered in.” All soldiers will be required to “self-identify” their tattoos. Any tattoos found to be in violation of the policy that was in place at the time of their recruitment will be required to be removed at the soldier’s expense.

The good news is, laser tattoo removal has come a long way in recent years. When the right laser with the right calibration is used, scaring is a rarity; the pain is tolerable; and the results are impressive. Also, Vanish Laser Tattoo Removal offers all military personnel (active duty or retired) a 10% discount on all treatments. Just show us your valid military ID. We’re here to help ;you get into compliance with the new tattoo policy.

Before and after 7 treatments at Vanish Laser Tattoo Removal