Marine Policy on Marine Tattoo Policy

by on Mar.05, 2010, under News, Tattoos-Body Art

by Tattoosue on March 5, 2010

The Marines are looking for a few good men – minus the tattoos.  Not only has this military branch laid out strict guidelines for interested future marines and soldiers currently serving, they also feel their guidelines will help with any future career plans a marine might pursue once he’s out of the marines. Their view is excessive tattoos detract from the professional appearance that people expect of a Marine.  Although the Marines have had a fairly strict policy in place, Sgt. Maj. Carlton W. Kent stated that they realized more guidance was necessary to clear up questions about the existing policy. Sounds a bit bureaucratic. The policies are not only for their current employment in the Marines but also to help mold them for any future career they may strive for in the Marines or once they leave the service.  To the Marine’s credit they seem to be looking out for the good of the enlisted men but I think they are placing too much emphasis on appearance and are showing an antiquated opinion on tattoos in general.  At a time when tattoos are crossing mainstream and being appreciated as an art form, the Marines Corp is advising young men that tattoos will impact future careers in a negative way.  Some of their policies I “get” – It prohibits sexist, racist, eccentric, vulgar or otherwise offensive tattoos.   I really wouldn’t want to have racist assholes in our military or any government position.   But once again I think the military is showing it’s outdated and remains out of touch with young adults.

Some highlights of the policy: The latest and greatest Marine policy prohibits tattoos on the head, neck, hands, fingers and wrists.  It also prohibits full, half and quarter sleeves visible in the standard physical training uniform.
Marines with grandfathered sleeves have no restrictions for reenlistment or promotion. However, they are no longer eligible for any enlisted-to-officer program, recruiting duty or Marine Security Guard duty.

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I.D.10T April 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

I stumbled upon your article while looking for a tattoo design and its obvious that you have never been in and don’t know anyone in the military. The way you said ” future marines and soldiers currently serving” why are we marines while we’re interested but soldiers once we’re actually in the corps? There’s a big difference between the Marine Corps and the Army. You said that the marine corps places too much emphasis on appearance. It’s of the utmost importance in the marine corps, everytime we have a weekend, holiday, etc we get briefed on not showing your ass in public and we’re all ambassadors of the marine corps while out in the civilian world. That’s how its always been. And lastly, the military has not, does not, and should not ever become in touch with young men, because this is the marine corps not a fraternity and we’re in the business of war. So next time you write an article about something your not real familiar with, maybe you should do a little research and use some common sense.

AlwaysSomething June 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm

This is a great article with some useful information! I used to think that tattoo’s were completely normal for military… guess I was wrong!

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