Tattoos at the Academy

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by caseyrc93, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. caseyrc93

    caseyrc93 5-Year Member

    Jan 29, 2010
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    Can you have/get Tattoos prior to entering the AFA and can you get them once you are in?
  2. Bullet

    Bullet 5-Year Member

    Jan 9, 2008
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    If it's within regs, there really isn't anything that can legally stop you form getting one. However, it is kind of "frowned upon"; doesn't exactly fit that "Officer and a Gentleman" image...

    However, if it's really in your heart to get one, might I suggest you get one just prior to BCT that states: "I'm here to kick the Cadres' butts and chew bubblegum" on the top, plus "And I'm all out of bubblegum" on the bottom. :biggrin:
  3. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator 5-Year Member

    Jul 26, 2008
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    They're no illegal, as Bullet said, as long as they meet AF criteria and AF Instructions (think regulations). The "generic" description is: "...they can't be visible in ANY uniform, including PT gear."

    You're in AZ...have you spoken with any of our AZ ALO's?

    USAFA '83
    AZ ALO
  4. Christcorp

    Christcorp 5-Year Member

    May 21, 2008
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    Flieger and Bullet definitely answered the question. Might I however make a suggestion. Being tattoos are semi-permanent, why the rush? Get to BCT; finish BCT; become a cadet; get a "FEEL" for the place. Chat with others "THERE" who have a tattoo. Talk to the cadre, officer instructors, etc... Then, if you still want a tattoo, get one. You'll know the rules and the "Unofficial" feelings towards it. Personally, to get a tattoo before BCT is simply an act of "I want to make a statement". That's just my opinion. Of course, my aunt, who is 60, never would even consider a tattoo. But when my cousin died on while still on active duty in the army, she got a tattoo of his name discretely on her chest. But a 17-18 year old out of high-school really hasn't accomplished much to put a permanent statement in the form of a tattoo. I suggest that you wait until after BCT, after you become a cadet, and after you get a feel for the whole subject at the academy. Then again, that's just my $0.02483285 (Inflation). And FWIW; I am all for tattoos. I'm still trying to find an artist who can do one for me that I have drawn up. (Even LA Ink can't do it). Point is, I'm not against tattoos; only getting something permanent, when the reason and timing might not be conducive. later.. mike....

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