Commandant Gen, Robert Neller, recently opened up about the tattoo policy change for the Marines in the United States.
A few months ago the US Marine Corps announced a change in their policy regarding tattoos and the body art an enlisted marine could have. The principle of the change is to condense the current policy onto one form and clarify what tattoos a marine can have. Commandant Gen, Robert Neller, offered some insights into the changes but mostly remained silent about the topic until the new policy is finally released in few weeks.
'I believe most Marines do not really understand what the policy is. I do not think they understand what they can do. Most of the Marines that ask me want to be able to get a sleeve tattoo' -Neller
According to Neller the current policy causes a fair amount of confusion among marines. They don't know if they can or can't get tattooed. "Right now, Marines have to go look at three or four different documents on the policy. We are going to try to get it down to one document. We are also going to try and provide pictures to clarify what we mean when we say things like "a quarter of a body part can be covered."
While sleeves will still be out of the question there will be more flexibility in what is deemed an acceptable tattoo for a marine to have. Interestingly Neller also offered an insight about what type of a tattoo is most popular among the Marines; "Marines that ask me want to be able to get a sleeve tattoo. I ask them why and they say that they want to memorialize a friend, and I respect that."
The change in policy comes after a similar change that was adopted by the Army back in April. Changes to the army's policy came after a review by its leadership and input from its soldiers. Then Army Chief of Staff Gen, Ray Odierno, explained the reasoning behind the change; "Society is changing its view of tattoos, and we have to change along with that," then-Army Chief of Staff Gen. It makes sense. Soldiers have grown up in an era when tattoos are much more acceptable and we have to change along with that."
With the change in tattoo policy just around the corner we're excited to see what it brings. Of course, there will be no sleeve wearing Marines but at least they'll be more explanation about what kind of ink a marine can have!