Marine Corps Tattoo Regulation Changes
United States Marine Corps Tattoos Rules and regulations appertaining to the area of the body where a tattoo on active members of the USMC can be placed have been changed.
Tattooed arms are one area of change. Previous Marine Corp rules allowed tattos on the arms so long as no permanent tattooing touched the neck or backs of the hands.
No longer, officially. Tattoo “sleeves” are no longer allowed. USMC sergeants major favored the tatto sleeve ban thought the Marine Corps brass says that recommendation had no weight in the final decision.
In the mean time restrictions in other branches of the US military have been eased with regard to tattoos.
Here is the new official USMC Marine Corps Rules and Regulations from the Uniform Code:
“CH 5 c. Tattoos or brands on the head and neck are prohibited.. Sleeve tattoos are likewise prohibited. A sleeve tattoo is a very large tattoo, or a collection of smaller tattoos, that covers or almost covers a person’s entire arm or leg. Half-sleeve or quarter-sleeve tattoos that are visible to the eye when wearing standard physical training gear (t-shirt and shorts) are likewise prohibited. A half-sleeve or quarter-sleeve tattoo is defined as a very large tattoo, or a collection of smaller tattoos that covers, or almost covers the entire portion of an arm or leg above or below the elbow or knee. Tattoos or brands that are prejudicial to good order, discipline and morale, or are of a nature to bring discredit upon the Marine Corps are also prohibited. Prejudicial to good order, discipline and morale or are of a nature to bring discredit to the Marine Corps may include, but are not limited to, any tattoo that is sexist, racist, vulgar, anti-American, anti-social, gang related, or extremist group or organization related.
CH 5 (1) Marines who currently have a sleeve tattoo(s) will be grandfathered. The Marines command will insert a photograph(s) of the respective tattoo(s) along with a measurement(s) of the size in inches and of the location(s) on the body and the date the tattoo(s) was documented, on the Page 11 of the Marines service record book. The Marine will sign the Page 11 entry verifying the information is correct.
CH 5 (2) The Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (DC MANDSTRINGRA) is designated as the adjudicating authority for any tattoo issue involving retention or special duty assignments. Review of a questionable tattoo(s) will be submitted to DC MANDSTRINGRA (MM) via the reenlistment, extension, lateral move system (RELMS). The package will include a photograph(s) of the tattoo(s), measurement(s) of the size in inches, description of the location(s) and explanation as to why the tattoo(s) has been deemed questionable by the commander. MARADMIN 198/07″…