Army changes rules on tattoos, hairstyles and piercings for soldiers

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) — The Army is cracking down on soldiers’ appearance and that means changes at Fort Bragg when it comes to hairstyles, piercings and tattoos.

A new stricter Army policy limits where soldiers can and can’t have body art, according to WTVD.

The new policy is all spelled out in a 57-page training program on grooming and appearance.

An Army spokesman says the policies, “give soldiers and leaders the responsibility for ensuring our appearance reflects the highest level of professionalism.”

Those guidelines affect every soldier at Fort Bragg from hair length and style to uniforms and tattoos.

It prohibits tattoos on the face, head, neck, and hands. No tattoo sleeves are allowed on arms and legs. No more than four tattoos can be visible below the elbow or knee.

Other new rules include one where soldiers cannot eat, drink, smoke, or talk on cell phones while walking.

The changes affect not just military uniforms and grooming, but civilian attire as well. Rules define what soldiers can wear on- and off-duty,

It’s still up for discussion, but senior military leaders say tattoos that don’t meet the new requirements may have to be removed if the soldier wants to remain on active duty.

Some soldiers told WTVD  that the new regulations won’t stop them from getting tattoos.

Source: WTVD