Wednesday, September 25, 2013
U.S. Army officials intend to tighten restrictions on soldiers' tattoos.
Under the proposed rule change, new recruits would not be allowed tattoos visible below the elbow or knee, or above the neckline. Current soldiers would be allowed to keep any tattoos not deemed racist, sexist, or extremist.
"When you think of the military, you think of tattoos. It's a shame they want to stop them but I do understand with the professionalism and all," said Travis Chadwick, owner of Sinner and Saints Tattoo Company.
Some military veterans who were gathered at the American Legion Post 273 had similar sentiments.
"I think people who risk their lives every day to defend this nation should not be subjected to rules on what they can tattoo on their bodies," said Eugene Anderson, post commander and Army veteran.
"As long as a person is performing his duties in an honorable way, then I don't see why a tattoo should hinder him from doing just that," said John Tompkins, Navy veteran.
Current policies allow for new recruits to have tattoos on the bodies expect on the neck or hands, unless approved through a review.
The proposed changes have not been finalized at this time.