Army recruiters challenged with stricter tattoo policy

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- It's been three months since the Army implemented a tougher tattoo policy.

The new regulations apply to recruits only. No tattoos on the head, face, neck, wrists, hands and fingers. No more than four visible tattoos below the elbow or below the knee and they must be smaller than the person`s hand.

Vietnam Army Veteran Fred Foggie of North St. Louis County praises the new policy. He says when he was in the service visible tattoos were considered distasteful.

A tattoo artist believes the Army is negatively stereotyping those with body art.

U.S. Army officials in Washington say despite the tighter tattoo policy, they are on target to meet their recruitment goals for this year.

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