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New restrictions on tattoos are coming down the line.

The Army is now banning tattoos below the elbow and below the knee. The restrictions also include tattoos above the neck line. Existing tattoos will most likely be grandfathered in.

The announcement is an update on Army Regulation 670-1. The regulation already bans tats anywhere on the head, face or neck above a class A uniform collar. Also in the regulation, any tattoos considered extremist, indecent, sexist or racist are banned.

The rules lay a process in which solders can meet with their unit leader to ‘self-identify’ tattoos that might be in violation. If not in compliance the solder will have to cover the cost of removing the ink. The previous regulation stated that commanders can not tell a solder to remove their tattoo or brand.

The new rules go into effect in 30 to 60 days, as the Army awaits a signature from the secretary.

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