These new policies are making it difficult for people who have visible tattoos to join the military and ultimately risk their lives for our freedom.
Although we here at Atlantic do not approve of these new standards, we do feel it is our responsibility to inform you of them.
Extremist philosophies, organizations, and activities are those which advocate racial, gender or ethnic hatred or intolerance; advocate, create, or engage in illegal discrimination based on race, color, gender, ethnicity, religion, or national origin; or advocate violence or other unlawful means of depriving individual rights under the U. Constitution, Federal, or State law (see para 4–12, AR 600–20).
(b) Indecent tattoos or brands are those that are grossly offensive to modesty, decency, or propriety; shock the moral sense because of their vulgar, filthy, or disgusting nature or tendency to incite lustful thought; or tend reasonably to corrupt morals or incite libidinous thoughts.
Reduction in rank (Latin gradus deiectio meaning position degradation) was a Roman military punishment.
 The Uniform Code of Military Justice Subchapter III, non-judicial punishment, § 815. SENTENCES: REDUCTION IN ENLISTED GRADE UPON APPROVAL (a) Unless otherwise provided in regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary concerned, a court-martial sentence of an enlisted member in pay grade above E-1, as approved by the convening authority, that includes-- (1) a dishonorable or bad-conduct discharge; (2) confinement; or (3) hard labor without confinement; reduces that member to pay grade E1, effective on the date of that approval.
In addition, otherwise permissible tattoos/body art/brands on the torso area of the body shall not be visible through white uniform clothing. Tattoos/body art/brands that exceed size criteria are waiverable provided they do not violate the content and/or location criteria. For the purpose of this regulation, cosmetic tattooing refers to medical or surgical procedures conducted by licensed, qualified medical personnel. Mutilation is defined as the intentional radical alteration of the body, head, face, or skin for the purpose of and or resulting in an abnormal appearance. The use of gold, platinum, or other veneers or caps for purposes of dental ornamentation is prohibited.
(1) a split or forked tongue; (2) foreign objects inserted under the skin to create a design or pattern; (3) enlarged or stretched out holes in ears (other than a normal piercing); (4) intentional scarring on neck, face, or scalp; or (5) intentional burns creating a design or pattern. For purposes of this regulation, ornamentation is defined as decorative veneers or caps.(2) Tattoos or brands that are extremist, indecent, sexist, or racist are prohibited, regardless of location on the body, as they are prejudicial to good order and discipline within units.(a) Extremist tattoos or brands are those affiliated with, depicting, or symbolizing extremist philosophies, organizations, or activities.Depending on which branch of the military you are enlisting with, your options may be different.Most branches are uniformly using the "no hands, no head, or neck rule" Here is a list of the different branches and their new policies.Personal appearance, because it is impossible to provide examples of every appropriate or unacceptable (“conservative” or “eccentric”) grooming standard, the good judgment of leaders at all levels is key to the enforcement of the Navy s personal appearance policy. Four criteria will be used to determine whether tattoos/body art/brands are permitted for Navy personnel: Content, Location, Size, and Cosmetic. For example, tattoos/body art/brands that are obscene, sexually explicit, and or advocate discrimination based on sex, race, religion, ethnic, or national origin are prohibited. No tattoos/body art/brands on the head, face, neck, or scalp.