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Apr 03

Navy eases restrictions on tattoos to recruit millennials | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

There was good news today for millennials and anyone else who has tattoos and wants to become a sailor because the U.S. Navy issued new rules Thursday easing the restrictions on where service members can sport ink.

The Navy Times apparently thought it was a good idea as they headlined their story about the new policy,“The Navy just approved the military’s best tattoo rules.”

The paper called it “a reality check on the permanent art favored by sailors.”

Tattoos will now be allowed on the neck, arms, and elsewhere except for the head. Sleeves and tattoos behind the ear will also be permitted.

The new policy is aimed at recruiting and retaining new service members, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens said in the Times’ report.

He estimated that almost half of the people that the military recruits have tattoos.

“This isn’t official, but in my research, I saw estimates that the percentage of people with tattoos in the 18 to 25 age group as being between 37 and 40 percent,” Stevens said. That’s not an insignificant number.”

“We just got to the point where we realized we needed to be honest with ourselves and put something in place that was going to reflect the realities of our country and the needs of our Navy,” Stevens said. “We need to make sure that we’re not missing any opportunities to recruit and retain the best and the brightest because of our policies.”

The United States Navy Tattoo Policy page was just updated today. Here’s what it some of it now looks like.

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You can see the entire page, and the rest of the dos and don’ts, here.

It’s a new era for the Navy. What do you think? Weigh in on our poll.

Source: Navy eases restrictions on tattoos to recruit millennials | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

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