In an effort to woo new recruits and align regs with the latest tattoo trends, the Coast Guard on Thursday announced reforms to its ink rules, effective immediately.
“I am pleased to see the Coast Guard’s new tattoo policy reinforces a professional appearance to the public while adopting some of the very same tattoo standards that are now acceptable among the public,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Jason Vanderhaden in a prepared statement emailed to Navy Times.
“The new tattoo policy will expand our recruiting candidate pool and provide those already serving in the Coast Guard with a few new options.”
Those new options include:
The liberalized policy allows for a total of one hand tattoo and one finger or ring tattoo per hand. The Coast Guard will continue to ban tattoos on the palms of hands or on thumbs.
Rules governing body piercings and other anatomical modifications have not changed, officials added.
At his annual State of the Coast Guard address on March 21, Adm. Karl Schultz hinted that his sea service would soon ease its tattoo restrictions, along with loosening weight standards and revamping the regs that disqualify single-parent enlistments.