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Not In My Navy!

Instapundit links to a report on Defense Tech about how the Navy is imposing limits on tattoos and other body art.

When I was in the Navy over a decade ago you weren’t even allowed to wear an earring off base on your own time.  To the best of my knowledge, however, you could pretty much do whatever you liked tattoo-wise.  If you had exposed tattoos on your forearms you couldn’t become an officer, but it was no biggie for enlisted guys.  One of the Chiefs on my ship was fully sleeved (a tattoo going the entire length of the arm, from shoulder to wrist) with skulls and fire.  On the inside of his other forearm he had a bleeding heart with a swastika in it.  I asked him about it one day and he remarked something to the effect of, “Well, it seemed like a great idea when I was 17.”

Posted by Lee on 01/31/03 at 01:59 PM in Life & Culture • Permalink

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