The men and women of the U.S. Army are rushing to get inked ahead of new regulations that ban tattoos on the hands, head and neck. This new rule doesn't affect soldiers that currently have tattoos in those spots, but it is causing some to try to beat the deadline.


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One female recruit expressed that the army was taking away soldiers' personal expression. The rule was approved on March 6 and allows for only four tattoos below the elbow or knee.

Here's more background on the regulations from AP:

The Army intends to tighten its restrictions on soldiers' tattoos.

Under a proposed rule change, new recruits would not be allowed tattoos visible below the elbow or knee or above the neckline. Current soldiers would be permitted to keep any tattoos not deemed racist, sexist or extremist.

The proposed change was described to soldiers in Afghanistan on Saturday by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler, the top enlisted soldier. He said Army Secretary John McHugh favors the change but has not yet formally approved it.

Officials at Army headquarters at the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that McHugh had not yet made the change final.

Chandler's remarks were first reported by the Stars and Stripes newspaper.


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