New Navy Tattoo Policy

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  1. AJC

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    Appalling. Grossly unprofessional to see military members in uniform covered with tattoos, just the latest example of how PC and social experimentation are destroying DOD
     
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    Glad to read the Marines, at least, are maintaining some decorum. I have to say I don't see any relationship between being professional and having tatoos. I know plenty of folks with tatoos over most of their body who are very professional in their respective (non-military) fields.
     
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  5. AJC

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    It all started when the Navy abolished tattoos, as punishment.
     
  6. NTWLF ONE

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    I remember my change of command onboard a large west coast Naval Air Station. The gate MAA had tattoos on all her fingers and hands when she rendered the salute as I drove through the gate with my father, a former Army officer. He just couldn't comprehend how low the military had allowed the standards of personal appearance to sink.
     
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    The pendulum swings. Look at historical photos of sailors from WWII and previous conflicts - just google "WWII sailors with tattoos." Some serious ink! Mermaids and anchors everywhere. Of course, it would be interesting to know what the regs were at the time, and with a full mobilization war on, if standards were looser. Officer ranks typically did not get them. That is a change, and reflects the spread of tattoos through younger generations in all socio-economic backgrounds.

    For recruitment and retention purposes, I think the policy represents an acceptance of a new norm. Not my thing, but as boomers depart the senior ranks and younger generations rise, I suspect we will see many changes.
     
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  8. NTWLF ONE

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    Might as well do away with saluting to, so old school...
     
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    I hear you.
     
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    As my oldest son said when he filled out his tattoo form, "I don't know why anyone would put a bumper sticker on a Ferrari."...
     
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    Haha, I'm definitely going to use that one!
     

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