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Fairness of the Army’s New Tattoo Policy

The United States Army is an ever-changing environment which includes thousands of soldiers from all locations in America. Although the Army’s primary mission is to protect and defend the people in the United States; there are certain policies and procedures that govern the soldiers whom serve. As a current soldier in the United States Army, I have had the opportunity to experience policy change. I have experienced changed in the Army Uniform from a Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) to the Army Combat Uniform (ACU). I have also seen the Army changes its stance to allow Soldiers who are homosexual to openly serve their country. Although change is a process it can be argued its necessary; most recently the Army changed its policy on Soldiers who have tattoos. This change has caused mass dialogue for those who are for and against the change. The question still remains though, is the change fair or unfair?
On March 31, 2014 the United States Army revised Army Regulation (AR) 670-1 (The wear and appearance of the army uniform). One of the main revisions to the army regulation was the change to the tattoo policy. The current tattoo policy states that: soldiers cannot have tattoos on their head, face, wrists or hands, or tattoos that are racist, extremist, indecent or sexist. Soldiers also cannot have more than four visible tattoos below the elbow or below the knee; those tattoos must be smaller than the size of the wearer’s hand. Visible band tattoos may be no more than two inches in width. Each band tattoo counts as one tattoo and soldiers may have no more than one visible band tattoo. Full sleeve tattoos on arms or legs are no longer authorized. This is a big change because before this change to policy soldiers were able to go and get any tattoo that they liked unless it were considered indecent in any manner. In short…...

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