US Marine Corp imposes more tattoo bans

United States
March 30, 2007 1:43pm CST
The US Marine Corp has banned large 'sleeve' tattoos on the arms and legs. Also banned are quarter sleeve or half sleeve tattoos that are visible in tshirt or shorts. Those Marines already having these tattoos will be grandfathered but must have pictures taken of the tattoo and have the size of it documented. You can read more at the link below. What are your thoughts about this latest ban? http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2007/03/marine_tattoo_changes_032007/
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@inked4life (4225)
• United States
30 Mar 07
I guess I won't be able to enlist now. It seems like kind of a strange decision to me as I don't see how having tattoos could possibly affect their ability to do the job. The armed forces is having a difficult time in getting people to sign up as it is and adding more restrictions is simply going to make it even more difficult.
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• Canada
30 Mar 07
I will apologize to you for my thoughts below but I guess I just see it as respect. You are correct in saying there are many who are not signing up due to restrictions. I do however feel that different aged people think differently.
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• United States
30 Mar 07
no need to apologize, you are absolutely entitled to your opinion...thanks.
• United States
30 Mar 07
I agree inked. We should be happy that their are women/men who are willing to risk being killed so that we can be free. Who are we to tell them that what is inked onto their limbs is an issue!!
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I think that many people consider those in the military as people who could not get into colleges or get a better job. At one time, the military was the alternative to jail and it was populated by high school dropouts. I think the tattoos are a reminder of that darker time in the military and they want people to have a professional image. Outside, a job could be lost due to a tattoo. Although thye maybe more accepted by society, they are not really something that the higher ups or professional people see as a desireable trait. I am for it 100%. I think the military should portray a professional image, they should not look like the dregs of society.
• United States
31 Mar 07
The dregs of society? I'd better move out of my nice house, abandon my well behaved kids and get back to where I belong then.
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• United States
31 Mar 07
Grr I hate when people equate tatoos with scum of the earth. What a horrible and inacurate stereotype.
@brokentia (10394)
• United States
31 Mar 07
When I was in the Air Force, we were not allowed to have a tattoo that would be visible when in uniform. Which, I can understand that. But to say shorts and put restriction on size too. Geesh! Sad but true...when one is enlisted...the government owns your butt. And they are sure to get that point across. When my husband was in the Navy and got sunburned to the point of have blisters and needing medication for it, they threatened to charge him with destruction of government property! Wow, huh?
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• United States
31 Mar 07
OMG, are you kidding? They were calling his body government property?! Geeze.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
31 Mar 07
When you sign that contract, they own your body. You truly sign your life over.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
30 Mar 07
Tattoo - I think getting a tattoo has nothing to do with serving our country. I think it is a matter of personal choice nd don't see how it affects the US Marine Corp.
I heard something about it on the news. I think it's ridiculous. What in Gods name does having a tattoo or having a thousand, have to do with serving our country. I think they are just getting ridiculous with restrictions. I think there are much greater concerns than tattoos. Soon they will have to reinstate the draft because people are going to stop volunteering because of foolish restrictions. I wouldn't blame them it's just stupid in my opinion.
• United States
30 Mar 07
I agree mari, we should be happy to have men/women who are willing to fight for our country. What is inked onto their limbs should not make any difference! They are willing to lay down their lives for us to have freedom and we are going to tell them that their arms aren't clean enough?!
• United States
31 Mar 07
I like tatoos (some can go overboard). As far as the ban ... well when people sign up for the military they agree to be property of US Government. To that extent the government can do what they want with their property.
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@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I really don't get what the big deal is. I understand the right of passage, but the corps men and women can get tats other places on their bodies. What the Marine Corps are doing is just putting in place the same guidelines the other branches have in place. Personally, I think that guidelines like that should be the same for every branch.
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• United States
31 Mar 07
I think this is just stupid. At a time when all branches of the miliatary are having problems meeting their recruiting goals, they should allow anyone who want to enlist have any tattoo they want. These people join knowing that they are risking their lives. Leave them alone and worry about providing aftercare to injured soldiers. Lloyd
@Ravenladyj (22920)
• United States
1 Apr 07
"These people join knowing that they are risking their lives. Leave them alone and worry about providing aftercare to injured soldiers" ABSOLUTELY! and IMO its a discrimination of sorts too really which alone is a bad look for the M.Corps "“I understand many tattoos are in good taste, and many represent pride for our Corps or remembrance of fallen comrades. However, I believe tattoos of an excessive nature do not represent our traditional values.”" I'm sorry but at this stage in the game 'traditional values' need to be re-evaluated IMO....
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@vanities (11409)
• Davao, Philippines
31 Mar 07
i dont like tattoos actually coz i think it just making your body dirty..although i know some considered it as an art expressions...for me its a good decision to ban tattoos on the military..military man must be clean to denotes honest and dedications on public service...people having tattoos in their body seems like they just go out from prison..its what my perception on tattoo
• United States
31 Mar 07
I don't mean to be rude but your perception is way off. I am covered in tattoos and am a stay at home dad and a pretty good person. Most of the tattooed people I know fall into the same category.....don't judge a book by it's cover.
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@AskAlly (3626)
• Canada
3 Apr 07
I have always associated tattoos with sailors and men in the service. I guess that maybe due to a Hollywood image given to them. I can't see why they would be banned.
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@Ravenladyj (22920)
• United States
1 Apr 07
I havent read the article yet but right away I think its a big fat load of B.S! I'm sorry but these men and women are doign a wonderful thing with their lives and to have THAT MUCH control over them is wrong IMO...whos to say that a full sleeve tat isnt representing something of great importance to that marine ya know...and its not like their tats will lessen their performace....I think its wrong.. that being said, I'll go and read the article now ;-)
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@gemini1960 (1161)
• Philippines
31 Mar 07
i like tattos but i hate the pain lol..marines should not be putting tattos in their body because it makes them look dirty and unbecoming for their profession, i have a high regard on them as a fine neat and decent man without tattoos showing from their bodies..
@Bell88 (370)
• Malaysia
1 Apr 07
YEs i believe they should impose this ban . Soldier should be diciplined and neat and tidy. They should set good example. Although there is nothing wrong with tattoo i'm just agaist it and that's why i don't mind the marine imposing this ban.