DD wants to get a tattoo?

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  1. USNAmomAZ

    USNAmomAZ Member

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    My DD received a LOA about a month ago to the USNA. She turns 18 in 3 weeks, and has already completed her DODMERB. For her 18th birthday, she wants to get a tattoo to commemorate her father killed in a car accident. I've talked to her about getting this tattoo and to wait on it, but she insists (and has insisted for the last few years) that this is what she wants. It will only be about 3 inches by 3 inches, if she gets it. My question is, if she gets her tattoo before i day (assuming she gets a nomination) will this DQ her because it was after dodmerb? Can she call the admissions office or dodmerb and get it approved before it happens?
     
  2. ActaNonVerba

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    We had a lot of people with tattoos who entered this year. As far as I know, all they did was fill something out and the tattoo was checked to make sure it was in accordance w/ standards and regs and wasnt offenseive or any of that stuff. I think your DD will be fine. But I may be wrong. My TAC officer said he pretty much doesn't care if we get tattoos or not. A ton of people have them in the academies, even officers.
     
  3. COmom

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    There are restrictions about tattoos including where they are placed on the body. She might have to have it removed if she places it in an obvious, visible area on her body--a painful and expensive process. She should check with her admissions director before getting it.
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    If she gets it in a place on the body that is not visible in uniform, that will help from a USNA and USN/USMC perspective. It's really not cool for a female officer to have visible tattoos, even in today's world.

    USNA won't "approve" her tattoo. That's not their job. It shouldn't DQ her if there are no medical ramifications. You need to check with DODMERB re notification requirements.

    I'll refrain from commenting on my view of tattoos . . .:rolleyes:
     
  5. COmom

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    When she gets the permit to report package, there is a place in the paper work to describe, in-depth, the tattoo-- including sending a picture of it, if I'm remembering correctly. That implies to me that someone at USNA checks to make sure it meets regulations.
     

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