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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.
 

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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.
 
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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
 

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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.
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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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.
I was thinking the same. I don't think I've ever met a Matelot that didn't have at least one big titted mermaid somewhere at least partially visible
 

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I think I only ever encountered two or three lads who the new rules affected. Contrary to popular belief not many lads have 'Hold Fast' tatted on their knuckles and massive swallows on their necks.

Upper arms, legs and torsos - yes, but nowhere else.
 
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So basically unless i visit the laser man, i haven't got a chance.

In all fairness, unless offensive and huge in size, how the hell does a tattoo affect a soldier in performing his duties as an engineer for example.
You can still look smart in a No1 uniform, even if you have say got a small tattoo behind your ear.
Its a joke really!!
 

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So basically unless i visit the laser man, i haven't got a chance.

In all fairness, unless offensive and huge in size, how the hell does a tattoo affect a soldier in performing his duties as an engineer for example.
You can still look smart in a No1 uniform, even if you have say got a small tattoo behind your ear.
Its a joke really!!
A line has to be drawn, where does it end? What if I had my initials tatted on my forehead? It wouldn't affect my ability to fix a helicopter, but it would make me look like a monumental sheep's **** of ocean going proportions. Quite rightly the RN don't want people representing them in rig, who look like inmates from an American prison.

It's also worth remembering that the branch you are applying for is probably the most over subscribed in the fleet. For every tatted up chav applicant, there are 10 equally as capable applicants who haven't decided to get a shattoo on their head. ******* off people with gash tats is a pretty easy way of thinning down the applicants to a more manageable number.

Get to the laser shop.
 
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