Tattoo

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  1. faylum

    faylum Member

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    DS has tattoo on chest he sent his letter of acceptance and sent pictures of it to admissions. Today he got his packet to report and in the instructions it talked about tattoos and body piercings . Since I sent the pictures of the tattoo back in march, do I need to contact admission again to see if the tattoo passes naval regulations? Hate to go up in June and be informed that it does not pass
     
  2. futuremid

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    What ARE the tattoo regulations at the Naval Academy???
     
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    faylum, Not trying to be rude, but YOU should not do anything with regards to tattoos or any other part of the PTR. Your DS is the one with the appointment. He needs to take full responsibility for every aspect of the PTR, whether it's making phone calls or filling out paperwork. Of course, providing advice is fine, but at this point, parents should do nothing more.

    futuremid: The Navy has a written policy regarding tattoos. The most recent version I've found (dated 2006) said that the important factors about whether a tattoo was allowable had to do with its content, size, and location. They don't want tattoos to be visible when in uniform, and they don't want the content to "bring discredit upon the Navy." The reg I read said that the USNA Commandant is the person who issues waivers for tattoos for USNA.
     
  4. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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  5. faylum

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    Not to worried about it it is a shield with bible verse in the shield one color and can not see with a t shirt on. Sent picture with acceptance letter last month never heard nothing back DS will call admissions Monday to verify. Also the tat can be covered with the palm of his hand. PTR states to report it to admission for review by Body alteration board, since I already done that i just wondered if it was good to go. Once I find out I will post the answer
     
  6. jumprope_11

    jumprope_11 USNA 2015

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    Are there any kind of reprocussions if you get a tattoo after you have done the acceptance paperwork? or do you just need to go through the steps (send in photo, etc.) with the review board to have it passed? Particularly with something that is religious.
     
  7. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    If it's on his chest, it shouldn't be an issue b/c it doesn't show when he wears a uniform. However, if he obtained the tattoo after his DODMERB exam, he may be required to notify them -- I'd suggest you check with Larry Mullen in the DODMERB forum.
     
  8. 1964BGO

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    At on time, not too long ago, the standard for a tattoo was that it not be visible if the midn was wearing a standard issue bathing suit. Not too sure that still applies. Generally the repercussion is that the midn has to agree to have the tattoo removed. Don't count on being exempted on the grounds of religious content. While times have changed, one year in the last decade two would-be plebes were denied admission because they refused to have their tattoo removed. Word to the wise.

    Please get used to the concept of rules being rules, to be obeyed, not circumvented. Life will be much easier. Playing games gets tiresome after a while.
     
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    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    The instruction specifically states that getting a tattoo after the acknowledgment form/contract is signed could result in disqualification for induction or revocation of an offer of an appointment.

    If the tattoo is of religious concern, then you probably need to contact admissions; USNA does not have to honor that request (see Supreme Court case, Goldman vs. Weinberger).
     
  10. faylum

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    USNA was notified last month pictures were sent. It in not a religious issue just a bible verse. Read some where that bathing suit was not an issue just wondered since it was over a month since I sent in the pictures they would have told us something. They did send DS PTR since then
     
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    USNA1985 tattoo was done about a year ago he had it when he had is DODMERB exam
     
  12. 1964BGO

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    I sincerely believe you will find the issue is NOT with how long ago the tattoo was done, but the fact that it exists and whether it is acceptable to USNA. Again, be prepared to be told to agree to have it removed or surrender the appointment.
     
  13. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    This. They've become a lot more strict on tattoos in the past couple years (I think big Navy has too? Can't remember...) and started documenting all tattoos and body modifications. I know some guys who had to have lots of tattoo removal, paid for out of pocket, in order to commission.
     

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