Visible Tattoos

#1
Always been under the impression that visible tatts are a no go, so can anyone shed light on why a member of the argyles recruiting team would get away with a very visible tatt on his neck just below his ear?
 
#2
12Kbetteroff said:
Always been under the impression that visible tatts are a no go, so can anyone shed light on why a member of the argyles recruiting team would get away with a very visible tatt on his neck just below his ear?
I know someone who got commissioned (and one who probably will get commissioned) even though they have loads of tattoos, almost "sleeves" down to their wrists and slightly beyond - so short sleeve order is interesting :?
 
#3
What do you say the kid who wants to join but gets knocked back due a visible tatt, he then comes out with the line but the recruiting boy had a tatt so why can’t I. Surely this guy on the recruiting team should be pulled up and disciplined or even kicked out.
 
#7
12Kbetteroff said:
Had a mate who was prevented from joining because of his tatts. He was told he would have to get it removed before he would be allowed to join.
Were they particulary offensive, or anti-establishment?
 
#9
Mens miserum in corpore pulchro.

Sad mind in a beautiful body?

Fcuking swot, BB
 
#10
Bravo_Bravo said:
Mens miserum in corpore pulchro.

Sad mind in a beautiful body?

Fcuking swot, BB
I meant "A wretched mind in a beautiful body" but the effect is much the same. It's both a jab at my ex and a clever play on words. Me a swot? You're the one who translated it.
 
#11
they will knock you back if you have tats above the collar.

did he have 'BNP' on his forehead by anychance?
 
#14
Although I've not seen the regs, I was under the impression that tattoos were allowed on joining if they were indeed not offensive. Upon joining, all tattoos are supposed to be logged on your personal record. All tattoos gained after attestation are supposed to be out of sight when in normal working dress. Like I said, not seen the regs, but an oppo works in AFCO, so I'll ask the Q of him.
 
#15
Here's the Regs. It seems pretty Black and White and the recruiting Person should not be allowed to continue

QRs para 5.366 (d)

d.Tattoos.
(1) It is Army policy that a person with tattoo marks which, because of size, position or nature would be detrimental to the Service, is ineligible for enlistment, re-enlistment or continued service in the Army.


(2) Tattooing is to be discouraged, and unacceptable tattoos may result in applications being made for discharge under para 9.414 of these Regulations. Such tattoos are defined as being any tattoo(s), excessive in size or number, offensive or obscene, which are visible when wearing parade uniform (not including shirt sleeve order or sports clothing). The visible area comprises the head and neck.
 
#16
Maybe he is a good soldier? Thats why he is still in?
 
#18
Oneshot said:
Maybe he is a good soldier? Thats why he is still in?
Not taking any side, merely playing devils advocate. Define "a good soldier". He has broken QR's, is he therefore a "Good Soldier"? Someone who does drugs, could he still be a "good soldier"? Drinks excessively, good soldier? Beats his wife, "good soldier"? Fails his BPFA, "Good Soldier"?

Surely by definition, the fact that it has such a clear entry in QR's means that someone high up does not think that someone with such tattoo's is a good soldier.
 
#19
There are obviously a very large number of squaddies who sport tattoos and a significant proportion of these have tats on their lower arms (including me). You do see the occasional bloke with tattoos on the neck but this is far from common. My view is that not only is tattooing a well-established prcatice in the army, it is also 'traditional' amongst some young, working-class males who still make up the bulk of the army's recruits. Despite what some people may wish, we are not policemen, nor is our primary task to help old women across the road. Any effective army must contain an element of aggression and, given the type of people who can best provide that, you are bound to get a number who are tattooed. Swastike tattoos etc - beyond the pale. 'Normal' tats - can't see any problem.
 
#20
I never knew there were QRs about tattoos. I thought the only thing you could get clobbered for was if the thing went manky & you had to go sick. In the 80s in one unit I served in a tattooist opened down town spawning hundereds of blokes sporting the obligatury U J wearing bulldog etc. I,m also 100% certain a few blokes had swallows done on thier hands. In this current climate though, could you really see some one with a visible tattoo being discharged ? It,ll have to be uber offensive & plastered across thier forehead.!!!

Regards LT.
 

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