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New AF tattoo policy: What do you think?

Dec. 2, 2009 - 12:53PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 2, 2009 - 12:53PM  |  
Air Force recruit Kayla Bresnan was blocked from going to basic training after a new policy was issued that bars tattoos on the saluting arm.
Air Force recruit Kayla Bresnan was blocked from going to basic training after a new policy was issued that bars tattoos on the saluting arm. (LAKE FONG / PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE VIA GANNETT NE)
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A new Air Force Recruiting Service standard instituted Nov. 25 tightens restrictions on recruits' tattoos. The regulation prohibits any body art on the "saluting arm," as well as tattoos above the collarbone that would be revealed by a shirt with no collars. AFRS has now delayed enforcement of the rule for 30 days, after news reports surfaced of recruits who had been approved and were ready to report for basic training, but were being turned away because of their tattoos.

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A new Air Force Recruiting Service standard instituted Nov. 25 tightens restrictions on recruits' tattoos. The regulation prohibits any body art on the "saluting arm," as well as tattoos above the collarbone that would be revealed by a shirt with no collars. AFRS has now delayed enforcement of the rule for 30 days, after news reports surfaced of recruits who had been approved and were ready to report for basic training, but were being turned away because of their tattoos.

If you've been affected by this tattoo policy or want to give us your opinion on the new rule, e-mail tspoth@atpco.com">tspoth@atpco.com.

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