New tattoo policies coming into effect for U.S. Military

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – More and more people are getting tattoos these days.

But U.S. Marines or possible recruits thinking about getting new ink should proceed with caution.

The military branch is overhauling their policy.

The Marine Corps is making it known what they will and won`t allow when it comes to tattoos, by making a new stricter policy than the Army and Navy.

But for the folks at Steel and Ink Studio are already aware of the rules for the rank and file.

In a 12-page report released last week, the elbow is off-limits along with an arm sleeve.

According to the Marine Corps website; the inside of the mouth, wrists, knees, elbow and hands are off-limits when it comes to ink.

The new Marine policy seeks to balance the personal desires of Marines with high standards of professional military appearance and heritage.

But under the physical training uniform of a green t-shirt and shorts, they have the freedom and flexibility to express themselves, as long as the tattoos don`t express vulgarity, nudity, sexism or anything offensive.

The U.S. Navy is more lenient allowing neck tattoos, full sleeves and anything below the elbow or knee.

The Air Force is still reviewing their policy and plans to have new recommendations by the fall.