Big Tats Nyet!: Zero Goth Tolerance in Today's Action Army

Heh. :)

Posted by Michael J. Totten at July 25, 2003 1:11 PM

It's funny, yeah.

But - like the much publicized booting of translators with rare (in the US) languages - it tends to send the message that the armed forces aren't hurting for personnel. "See, we're drowning in recruits! We have so much manpower that we can afford to lose good people to arbitrary and capricious rules! No strength problems here!" And I suspect that, as with the translators, this will turn out not to be the case, and the arrogance and heedlessness of such rules will come back to bite the institution in its tattoo-free ass.

Posted by jeanne a e devoto at July 26, 2003 8:22 AM

By that time there *will* be a draft. Perhaps the Army could offer laser tattoo removal as an inducement.

Posted by Van der Leun at July 26, 2003 3:32 PM

I am trying to go back into the Corps. I have passed every test, physical, hundreds of pages of paperwork, and it looks like I'm going to be denied because I have a tattoo on my back that is a dragon with a flag behind it(it's a cover-up) and on the flag is an eagle with 2 sideways L's (like bars) coming off the sides. They said it looks to much like a partial swastika and they are DQing me. All I want to do is be a Marine and fight the war with my brothers, and I get the red light over something like that. God Bless the Government!!!!!!

Posted by Nicholas at October 24, 2005 7:54 AM