Attention! No More Tattoos
The U.S. Marine Corps has issued an order restricting tattoos. Beginning this Sunday, 01 April 2007, members of the corps can no longer get tattoos below the elbow or knee. Areas of the body that may be visible to other people. In a statement announcing the policy change Marine Corps General James T. Conway said, "Some Marines have taken the liberty of tattooing themselves to a point that is contrary to our professional demeanor and the high standards America has come to expect from us," he said. "I believe tattoos of an excessive nature do not represent our traditional values."
Marines already sporting tattoos on the lower half of their arms or legs will be photographed by their units to ensure they do not continue to add ink in violation of the new policy. Understandably the new order is not popular with younger recruits. The anti-tattoo order has prompted a stampede of young leathernecks to local tattoo artist's studios to get inked before Sunday's deadline. After Sunday, getting a new tattoo in the visible body areas could result in up to two years in prison and a dishonorable discharge.