Department of the Army Pamplet 670-1 Outlines New Tattoo Regulations

The United States Army has again changed regulations on tattoos for those trying to enlist and currently enlisted soldiers.  We support our troops and are thankful for the freedom they provide, but also the right of self expression.  Unfortunately, rules are rules though and they must be adhered to.  Current guidelines from are as follows:

Tattoos cannot be located anywhere on the neck or head above the lines of a T-shirt. They also cannot be located anywhere below the wrist bone.

Visible band tattoos cannot be longer than two inches wide. There can be no more than one visible band tattoo. Sleeve tattoos on arms or legs are not allowed.

Each visible tattoo below the elbow or knee must be smaller than the size of the wearer’s extended hand. There cannot be more than four total tattoos below the elbows or knees.

Soldiers who currently violate these revisions can be grandfathered in as long as commanders validate their current tattoos. Also, each year, commanders much check each Soldier for new tattoos that might be prohibited. The checks will be done when Soldiers are in their physical fitness uniform and do not include tattoos that might be hidden by the shorts or T-shirts.

Prohibited tattoos include those just mentioned, as well as ones that could be deemed extremist, indecent, sexist or racist.

Before making any modification or contacting us about laser tattoo removal we strongly suggest you consult your commanding officer to ensure you are complying to these new strict codes.  We will continue to offer all US military, including those trying to enlist a discount on laser tattoo removal.

For effective dates and who 670-1 effects, please download ALARACT 082-2014 (PDF).  Please note, we do not host the PDF file and its content may change.