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The United States Army is about to announce new grooming rules for incoming soldiers including banning visible tattoos.
The new protocol says that no new recruit can have tattoos that go past their elbow, below their knees or above their neck line.
Current soldiers will be grandfathered in but all soldiers will be barred from tattoos that are racist, sexist or extremist.
We talked with Director of Veterans affairs to get his thoughts on the new rules.
“The tattoos do not make the soldier, sailor, or airman any less or any more. It’s the individual that makes themselves a strong soldier, sailor or airman,” says Larry Klemesrud, Veterans Affairs Director in Mitchell County.
But he says he does understand why the Army has come up with the rules. Part of the reason is to create a more polished army, but also, “They’re looking to have a much smaller military and many less deployments.”
We also talked to a local tattoo shop manager who says he sees a lot of customers who are military members and he’s surprised by the new regulations.