Tattoos at the Academy

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

  1. caseyrc93

    caseyrc93 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 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 Moderator

    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 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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