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Military Tattoo Policies Essay

2140 words - 9 pages

James Dean
Period 5
08 February 2013
Military Tattoo Policies
Hey! Do you have any tattoos? Does it affect your job in any way? Well I know if you are in the military it can affect you. Military tattoo policies vary in each branch. They choose the policy based on, if the tattoos are a distraction from good military order and discipline, where they are located, how inappropriate they are and how many they have. I agree with these policies yet disagree also.
Are your tattoos a distraction from good military order and discipline? In the Army tattoos on the hands and the back of the neck are now permitted as long as the tattoos are not extremist, indecent, sexist or racist. In the Coast ...view middle of the document...

Many people in the Military do have tattoos and yes some are covered in tattoos, but if a soldier is covered in tattoos then he must have had them before they put the policy into effect, if so the military takes pictures of all tattoos and puts them on file so the soldier can get grandfathered into the policy. Being grandfathered into the policy means that they looked over your tattoos and did not see any extremist, indecent, sexist or racist tattoos and that you did in fact have them before the policy was set in place and that your job or uniform may change a little to keep the professional look. The guy you saw today covered in tattoos at the beach, the one you gave a mean look to, he could be the one shipping out tomorrow to keep you free, that you wave to and thank. Tattoos do not label the kind of person you are; the human population just decides to be judgmental.
Even young adults that are not in the military are having issues getting jobs because of tattoos. Teenagers/young adults do not understand what tattoos can stop you from doing, they just believe they are cool and everyone has them but they do not think about what they are getting and where they are getting them. If a kid goes straight from high school to law school you think they are going to want him working major cases once he is finished all because he chose to get a tattoo at a young age and cannot take it back or move it. Tattoos can keep you from good paying jobs or careers. Tattoos are not bad but I think if you are going to go crazy getting tattoos you should at least have a career started and your life started so that you know what you can and can’t get and where so that you will still have a great life doing what you want without being told you can’t over some ink you got as a teenager or a drunken night with friends.
What if the military told you that you were not allowed to serve your country because a percentage of your body was covered in tattoos? Well most Military branches do have a percentage policy. These policies keep soldiers from getting the whole body and sleeve tattoos. I think it can be a good thing or a bad thing because 25 percent of a big tall buff guy is more than a little girl that is in the military because 25 percent of someone’s body is a judgment by a person; it is really hard to tell what is 25 percent of someone’s body. The judgments by one person may not be the same judgment as another so I believe that a percentage policy is a bad thing because if one command tells you one thing and another command tells you another thing it can get confusing, annoying and could possibly get you in trouble with the commanders. The Army does not necessarily have a percentage policy unlike other branches. The Coast Guard and Air Force’s policy is 25 percent, the Navy does not have a percentage policy, and their policy is that no tattoo can be visible through their summer white uniform. The Marines cannot have tattoos that are visible in PT uniform. These...

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