No First Amendment rights in the military for people with tattoos????
Can anybody tell me what part of the 1st Amendment excludes people with tattoos???
Army's new tattoo rules barring would-be recruits
D.S. Woodfill, The Republic | azcentral.com 7:53 a.m. MST June 23, 2014
When it comes to tattoos, the U.S. Army can still abide recruits' right to bare arms.
But ink on faces, fingers and other less conspicuous parts? Not so much.
Nearly 30 prospective enlistees on average are being turned away each week from Army recruiting stations in Phoenix because of new prohibitions in the Army's "Uniform and Insignia" regulations.
In a manual released March 31, the Army forbids tattoos on a soldier's head, face, neck, wrists, hands and fingers.
The manual states that such tattoos are "prejudicial to good order and discipline."
No more than four small tattoos are allowed below the elbows and knees under the new rules.
About 300 prospective recruits in Phoenix have been denied enlistment, Army spokesman Michael Scheck said.
Lt. Col. Jennifer McAfee, who helps oversee Phoenix's recruiting efforts, said in a statement that officials were spreading the word about the new restrictions.
"We don't like to see young men and woman missing out on career, educational and leadership opportunities," she said. "They should reconsider getting a tattoo over the summer if they aspire to join the Army."
Jason Anthony, owner of Golden Rule Tattoo in Phoenix, said he had a last-minute rush before the rules went into effect.
One woman spent eight to nine hours getting an "entire sleeve" on her arm before the cutoff date, he said.
"(The artist) started on her in the morning. He had an appointment in the middle of the day, and she stopped and then came back later in the evening and finished. ... It's excruciating."
The Army is allowing soldiers to keep older tattoos as long as their content isn't forbidden and they were documented before the new rules took effect.