ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The new Army tattoo policy 2013 could get approval soon, says a news report today. After more than a year of debate, the new Army tattoo policy could be approved by the Secretary of the Army in the coming days. But how will the policy be enforced and when will it take effect?
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler told news this week that the policy could get approval by the Secretary by the end of the month. Secretary John McHugh has the policy on his desk but has not yet signed it. But if McHugh signs the Regulation, the policy would take effect within sixty days.
Yet there is some good news. Stars and Stripes reports that the current soldiers would be grandfathered for non-offensive tattoos. But new recruits would be subject to the new policy.
And which Army tattoos will be prohibited? Officials tell news that new recruits will be prohibited from showing tattoos below the elbow, below the knee, or above the neckline. A recruit would “self identify” each tattoo and would have to pay, out of their own pocket, to have each tattoo removed that violates the policy. Army Regulation 670-1 will be circulated in a Department of the Army pamphlet, Chandler tells news. So will McHugh sign the Regulation?