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2096 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jun 5, 2012 2:25 AM by burnison RSS
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Jun 4, 2012 11:33 PM

tattoo on left wrist

I would love to join the army but two years ago I got a tattoo on my left wrist to represnt the green northern lights. I'm from Alaska. I believe with the uniform it will cover. Will it disqualify me from joining?

  • ArmySoldier 16 posts since
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    1. Jun 5, 2012 1:26 AM (in response to ak07)
    tattoo on left wrist

    ak07, Right now the Army is trying to change its policy on tattoos. If the new policy is approved and takes effect before you enlist, you would not be able to from my understanding. The new policy they are working on prevents soldiers from having visible tattoos while in the summer APFT uniform.

  • User 2,117 posts since
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    2. Jun 5, 2012 2:25 AM (in response to ak07)
    tattoo on left wrist

    AK07, Here is the current tattoo policy as outlined under USAREC. As noted above though, this policy is set to change. When it will change is not known as of yet.  Good Luck!





    1. Must not have any lewd or offensive indelible marks or figures (tattoos) visible on any exposed part of the body while wearing the prescribed duty uniform, to include the physical training uniform.  Photos will be submitted of all tattoos unless they are in a private area (Males- brief area, females – brief area and frontal bra area)


    1. Army policy prohibits any tattoos or brands on the face, head or neck above the class-A shirt collar.  Current policy for the hands only authorizes small innocuous tattoos or brands that are not prejudicial to the good order or discipline within Army units and do not detract from a professional military appearance.


    1. Tattoos or brands that are extremist, indecent, sexist or racist are prohibited, regardless of location on the body, as they are prejudicial to good order and discipline within the Army.  (a) Extremist tattoos or brands are those affiliated with, depicting or symbolizing extremist philosophies, organizations, or activities; those which advocate racial, gender or ethnic hatred or intolerance; advocate, create or engage in illegal discrimination based on race, color, gender, ethnicity, religion or national origin; or advocate violence or other unlawful means of depriving individual rights under the U.S. Constitution or federal and state law (see para 4-12, AR 600-20).  (b) Indecent tattoos or brands are those that are grossly offensive to modesty, decency or propriety; shock the moral sense because of their vulgar, filthy or disgusting nature, or tendency to insight lustful thought; or tend reasonably to corrupt morals or incite libidinous thoughts. (c) Sexist tattoos or brands are those that advocate a philosophy that degrades or demeans a person based on gender, but that may not meet the same definition of “indecent”.  (d) Racist tattoos or brands are those that advocate a philosophy that degrades or demeans a person based on race, ethnicity or national origin.

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