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What Does the US Military Think of Tattoos?

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We live in an era where the importance of freedom of speech is emphasized to a great extent. When it comes to freedom of expression, the type of expression is unique to every individual and can take a range of methods and forms. Even forms that were once considered mutilation are now widely accepted and celebrated. When it comes to the United States Military, the relationship between the military personal and tattoos cannot be denied. However, there have always been standards across all U.S. military branches as to the tattoo’s content, location and size that personnel can get done on their body before the enlistment process. These regulations help maintain a standard appearance, in the same way that each military branch maintains its standards for a uniform. In order to enforce these regulations, the recruits receive a full physical check up to evaluate whether or not they’re fit for duty. In this physical examination, you will also be looked over by a military doctor who’ll assess the artwork you have on your body to determine if it violates any of the military’s policies on tattoos. Below you’ll find the tattoo policies of the US Navy, Army, and Marines. United States Navy In terms of the tattoo content, the US Navy doesn’t want their sailors covered in gang signs or swastikas. In short, if a tattoo has the potential to jeopardize the cohesion of the unit, incite anger or happens to be explicit in nature, the Navy doesn’t allow it. In terms ...Read More »

NEWS: Auditor General Jack Wagner Urges General Assembly, Health Dept. to Begin Licensing of Pa. Tattoo Parlors


By Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General (Story from HARRISBURG, PA., OCT. 9, 2012 — Says one of fastest growing segments of state economy poses serious health risks. HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Auditor General Jack Wagner today called on the General Assembly and the state the Department of Health to step up the state’s role in regulating the tattoo parlor industry in Pennsylvania because of potential health risks to the general public, including Hepatitis C… Read More »