There are going to be fewer tattoo removals with the revolutionary PicoSure laser but maybe in this case it’s a good thing. According to a news report released today, the U.S. Army is revising its 670-1 tattoo policy, yet again, and easing the restrictions which had kept numerous potential recruits from joining up. Soldiers can now get their arms, legs and most of the rest of their bodies inked. Effective immediately, there will be no limit on the size or number of tattoos male and female soldiers can have on their arms and legs. Previously, recruits could have no more than 4 tattoos below the elbow or knee and none larger than the wearer’s hand. Face, neck and hand tattoos are still forbidden except for one ring tattoo per hand. Neck tattoos acquired before March 31, 2014 will be grandfathered in. Racist, sexist and derogatory tattoos are also off limits but I wonder who makes the call on those interpretations?
Apparently soldier feedback prompted the relaxing of the rules. The Army now recognizes that tattoos are more accepted in today’s society and soldier diversity is reflective of that sentiment. One huge benefit of this change is that recruits who sought to join the military but were excluded due to their ink may now join up!
I think this change is a good thing. Even though I remove tattoos with the PicoSure laser on a daily basis, I’d rather not take one off simply because of employment discrimination. Having said that, there are many patients who I treat simply because they believe their visible ink is holding them back in their careers. If you have a tattoo you want off I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by my NEW location in Austin, TX: Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.