U.S. Army Updates Uniform Policy - KMSP-TV

U.S. Army Updates Uniform Policy

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The U.S. Army has released new restrictions on soldiers' tattoos and body modifications.

The Army cites that soldiers will be prohibited from having tattoos on their neck, head, face, wrists, fingers or wrists. Full-sleeve tattoos are also ruled out along with having more than four tattoos visible from the knee or elbow down.

The restrictions also started to redefine indecent and inappropriate tattooage to specify exactly what is and what is not acceptable.

Soldiers who currently have prohibited tattoos will be allowed to keep them, but commanders must document all soldiers tattoos with photos and submit them to HR.

Commanders will also do an annual check for new tattoos that don't comply with the strict guidelines set forth.

The rules also outline the future of other body modifications on soldiers. Stretched ears and split tongues along with any "willful mutilation" is strictly prohibited along with the enforced tattoo regulations.

The new rules were approved on March 6th by Army Secretary John McHugh, are due to take effect in a few days.

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