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Tattoo Guidelines Strict In US Military
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Millions of Americans get tattoos every year. But the US Army is thinking about tightening its tattoo policy for new recruits.
If you sign up with the US Army, they're considering banning tattoos visible below the elbow and the knee, and above the neckline. The US Air Force already has guidelines for tattoos that are allowed.
CMSgt. Alex del Valle with the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base, says, "Many folks take a tremendous amount of pride in the Air Force as I do. They'll have a tattoo of the Air Force symbol, an eagle swooping down, or an American flag, those types of things. Those are perfectly in good taste and authorized to wear. We don't encourage or discourage those, as long as they fall within the general guidelines."
Del Valle points out tattoos that are racially or gang related, sexist, or extremist will need to be removed, whether they're visible or not, or the recruits will have to leave the Air Force.
This local tattoo artist explains why it's so much easier to cover an old tattoo instead of removing it.
Chris Standley, Owner of Ascension Studio, says, "You might be stuck with going over and over it. I know people that have gone to laser removal treatments for three years before they've seen any kind of coverability or results."
Yellow or blue ink is much easier to get out of your skin than black ink is. The US Air Force limits approved tattoos to 25 percent of an exposed body part like an arm or leg. They have specific measurement guidelines to go by.
Del Valle says, "When you get into excessive tattoos or unauthorized tattoos, it doesn't present the good order and discipline or the military image that we want to present to each other, along with the general public. When they see one airman or any member of the military, they associate that with everyone."
Right now Air Force guidelines also prohibit tattoos on the face and above the neck.
October 3, 2013.