Just an Austin PicoSure laser update from the U.S. Army on its relaxation of the tattoo standards for new and existing recruits: As I reported earlier this year, the Army has modernized its year-old policy which had previously forbid large tattoos below the elbows and knees. The restrictive measure had discouraged solid recruits from enlisting and it also was unpopular with existing soldiers who were thinking about quitting because of the severe tattoo policy.
In addition to the changes noted above, the Army now says that it will also stop its annual cataloguing of a soldier’s ink. Previously, under AR 670-1, commanders had to document their soldier’s tattoos in personnel files. Although that has been discontinued, leadership will still have to check annually to ensure that enlisted personnel are not tattooed on their faces, necks or hands – ring tattoos are allowed – nor can tattoos be deemed extremist, sexist, racist or indecent. Additionally, tattoos cannot be used against a non-commissioned officer seeking a commission or appointment. All in all, these changes balance the need for quality men and women who are seeking a job in the U.S. Army but may have, or desire to get, a couple of tattoos.
While this relaxation of the U.S. Army’s rules on tattoos has decreased the potential for PicoSure laser tattoo removal somewhat, I can assure you that there are numerous other employers who do frown on tattoos. Many companies, large and small, have a “no visible tattoos” policy. Additionally, I see many patients who feel as though their ink is holding them back from that big promotion. Although half of U.S. adults have at least one tattoo, this figure undoubtedly varies within certain demographics. For example, do half of all college graduates running Fortune 500 companies have tattoos? Answer: no, probably a very low percentage does. If you find yourself employed by one of these companies or working for someone who doesn’t understand your reasons for getting tatted up, you can always let the PicoSure laser remove anything visible that’s holding YOU back. 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.