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  1. Hi Everyone,

    I'm interested in joining the Royal Navy possibly as a Air Engineering Technician.
    Only worry i have is that i have a tattoo, only 1inch by 1inch in size behind my right ear. It is my initials, but would be visible in uniform.
    I understand that the Army's view on a tattoo so small is this;

    Small, Non-offence Tattoos.*Small and non-offensive tattoos tha*t are visible on the back of the neck, behind the ears, or on the hands are not a bar to enlistment.

    But does the same apply to the Royal Navy or is this a bar to entry??

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Why have you got your initials behind your ears? In case you get lost?
  3. You're thinking of his mum and dads phone number on the other ear
  4. Its de rigeur in The Wavy Navy.

    As is an anchor on your bell end , a mermaid on one arse cheek and a walrus on the other.
  5. Thank you Timble.. As for the rest, i was young and stupid at the time. Hugely regret it now, thinking of getting it lasered off, but just want to find out the Royal Navy's view on it first. Whether i need to visit the laser man straight away or if i can leave it for a while.
  6. Where abouts are you based? I can point you in the right direction if you want it removing but I can't see it blocking your application.
  7. All said itsd a bit harsh to get your ear lasered off. What if you ever need glasses?
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  8. Let me guess,
    B A ?
  9. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    g. Body Art (Tattoos):
    (1) Tattoos which are visible when No1 uniform is being worn, whether because they extend beyond the collar or cuff, or because they are being worn on the face, neck or hands, are not acceptable, are contrary to current regulations and must not be acquired. Officer and Senior Rate tropical No1 uniform do expose forearms and lower upper arms. Regulations permit the exposure of tattoos in these areas, provided they conform to the rules governing all tattoos wherever they may be.
    (2) Tattoos are not acceptable if they are judged by the Commanding Officer, or at the recruiting stage the Recruiting Officer prior to enlistment into the Naval Service, reasonably likely to:
    (a) Undermine the authority or dignity of the Service or bring discredit to the Service.
    (b) Offend others or invite provocation, for example because they are obscene, lewd, crude, or intimidating or are in any way offensive to members of any minority group.
    (c) Affect the employability of the wearer, for example by making it unacceptable for that person to parade or stand guard in public, or, depending on Branch/Specialisation and career profile, to engage on special operations.
    In addition, visible tattoos must not be garish or numerous or particularly prominent (which will depend on its size and location). Commanding Officers may order personnel with tattoos which contravene the provisions above, but are not visible in No1 uniform, to cover them up.
    (3) Serving personnel who presently have tattoos which contravene the regulations will be dealt with on a case by case basis by the chain of command who will make a judgement based on when the tattoo was acquired and under what circumstances. Personnel acquiring tattoos that contravene the Service policy set out at Para 3817 g sub para (2) will be invited to have their tattoos removed at their own expense. Acquisition of tattoos in contravention of the regulations and policy will result in disciplinary action and subsequent failure to remove tattoos is most likely to result in administrative discharge SHORE after an appropriate period on warning.

    Edited to add: it took me 5 seconds to find that with Google.
  10. What on earth led you to make that guess?
  11. Saw a bald fella with a barcode tatoo on the back of his neck yesterday. Don't know what he thought that would achieve, maybe he thought that he could be read at a Tesco checkout
  12. So when did things change?

    Those regs cover just about every matelots tatoos that I've ever seen.
    Infact the only sailor without any tatoos was my old fella, but I don't think he was a hermer.
  13. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    About 2006 or 7 I think. Basically nothing on hands, face, neck or anywhere else that is visible when wearing long sleeves and nothing anywhere that is deemed offensive, so if you've got a swastika on your arse, you've dipped out.

    Edited to add: Your Dad was definitely a beefer, he probably wasn't your real dad either. ;)
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