Proposed Revisions to the Army Tattoo Policy

765 WordsJun 20, 20184 Pages
Although tattoos represent a variety of things in a person’s life, it doesn’t necessarily dictate how well a person is able to perform their job. For the last few months there has been an ongoing debate about the troops in the Army that have tattoos and as a result their careers have been placed on the line. With this upcoming change it has been specifically said that the troops cannot have tattoos that extend below their knees and elbows and also ones that reach above their neckline. Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler also gave another stipulation which says that their tattoos cannot be racist, extremist, or sexist it also does not matter where there tattoo is located on the body if it violates those restrictions it will still have to be removed…show more content…
At the time the Army was getting what they desired which was a large number of troops, but they came to the point where they couldn’t afford them. This is when the proposed revision to the grooming policy came up for discussion. Now with the updated policy tattoos aren’t the only things taking a big hit hair, makeup, and bodily piercings are taking a hit as well (Dallet). As I was reading along in one of my sources another example that stood out to me was where an unshaven troop who was was wearing a ripped shirt, jeans, and his piercings, while on his time off (Smith). He was quickly pointed out and quickly shunned. The article stated that the airmen who were in the same location deemed the Army as the “Ghetto Service” giving the impression that they allowed pretty much anyone in their branch. Chandler is supposed to be taking actions on fixing this. I’ve always believed that no-one should be allowed to place judgment on another person because they don’t know what is going on in that person’s life. What troops fail to realize is they have the First Amendment to back them up on this crucial issue. The amendment gives them the right to speak as they please and voice their individual opinion. With that being said one troop in particular exercised his right. This is when Kamaljeet, who is the first person in the United States Army to be able to wear a turban. When he was enlisting the army told him that he was to give up his long hair, facial hair,

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