Well, I did post this question in the "main" Tattoos thread, but I haven't yet recieved a sensible answer (that I can see) amongst the silly comments and those in ref. to previous peoples comments/questions, so I'm reposting here to see if I can get an answer... The issue of tattoos came up a couple of days ago when I was in Chatham AFCO. The Colour Sergeant I was talking to didn't seem too bothered by mine, but then he was a Para. Thought I'd get some other people to peruse them and give opinions on any detrimental effects they may have on my application (but feel free to comment on the work itself). Bit of background first though. I'm currently working on my fitness prior to applying (hoping to go for REME AvTech). I have 2 tattoos, both on my arms. One is covered in short sleeves, the other is not. Obviously both are visible in PT kit. I got them several years ago while at Uni, working on the idea of "Only get something that means something to you, and will do for the rest of your life". Like I said, the CSgt wasn't bothered (or didn't seem to be to me at least), but he did say that there could be a hang-up about the fact that the large one extends some distance below my elbow. Pics (these are fairly old): Large one (not finished yet, but the linework is mostly done)- As you can see, it extends a good 4 to 5 inches below the elbow. Is it likely to hinder my application to the corps in any way? I wouldn't consider it to be offensive, but certain types may I guess... The smaller one is definately not offensive, but given some people's general stigmatising of tattooed people... Smaller one- Any Corps-specific hang-ups spring to mind? Are these tattoos likely to hinder my applying to the Army in any way generally?