New tattoo regulations in the Army

Created: 03/27/2014 12:41 PM
By: Nicole Vowell, KETK

(KETK) -- New grooming guidelines for the Army limit tattoos and include new policies on issues including fingernail polish and general uniform wear.

The updated Army Regulation 670-1 was approved by Army Secretary John McHugh on March 6th and the new regulations were published on March 18 via Facebook.

The changes include:

  • Sideburns on male soldiers will not extend below the bottom of the ear opening.
  • Female soldiers can wear their hair in a ponytail during physical training.
  • Tattoos are not authorized on the face, head, neck or hands.
  • Soldiers may have no more than four visible tattoos below the elbow or the knee; tattoos must be smaller than the size of the wearer’s hand.
  • Sleeve tattoos on the arms or legs are not authorized.
  • Enlisted soldiers who exceed the tattoo limit cannot request commissioning; they are not grandfathered.
  • Commanders must validate all tattoos above the neckline, below the elbows and below the knees with a description of the color and shape on an official memo.
  • Commanders will conduct an annual check for new tattoos or brands in prohibited locations.
  • Soldiers may carry a plain black umbrella during inclement weather while wearing the service, dress and mess uniforms. Umbrellas are not authorized in formations or when wearing field or utility uniforms.

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