New Strict Tattoo Policy For The Army


Men and women looking to serve the Army and thinking about getting tattoos may have to think twice.

Recently the Army changed its policy on tattoos and it's estimated that so far those changes have led to hundreds being turned away from enlisting. Under the new regulations, soldiers are prohibited from having tattoos on their head, face, neck, wrists, hands and fingers.

Zac Rand was an Army specialist who received the Purple Heart in 2011 after he was severely injured in Afghanistan. He has plenty of tattoos, some of which would disqualify him if he tried to enlist today.

Rand says: "It's not offending anybody. It shouldn't stop somebody from being able to serve their country."

Enlisted men and women can have no more than four visible tattoos below the elbow or below the knee, and they must be smaller than the wearer's hand.

If a person comes in to sign up and has a banned tattoo, all processing is stopped, even if that person is otherwise qualified.

The Army says the rules are meant to encourage a professional appearance.