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New Army Tattoo Policy
AR 670-1 UPDATE  19 March 2014

The updated Army Regulation 670-1 was approved March 6 by Army Secretary John McHugh, and it will
replace more than 50 all-Army messages and include new policies on issues such as tattoos, fingernail
polish and general uniform wear, the Army has said.

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Among the changes outlined in the slides:

■ Sideburns on male soldiers will not extend below the bottom of the ear opening.

■ Female soldiers can wear their hair in a ponytail during physical training.

■ Tattoos are not authorized on the face, head, neck or hands.

■ Soldiers may have no more than four visible tattoos below the elbow or the knee; tattoos must be smaller
than the size of the wearer’s hand.

■ Sleeve tattoos on the arms or legs are not authorized.

■ Enlisted soldiers who exceed the tattoo limit cannot request commissioning; they are not grandfathered.

■ Commanders must validate all tattoos above the neckline, below the elbows and below the knees with a
description of the color and shape on an official memo.

■ Commanders will conduct an annual check for new tattoos or brands in prohibited locations.

■ Soldiers may carry a plain black umbrella during inclement weather while wearing the service, dress and
mess uniforms. Umbrellas are not authorized in formations or when wearing field or utility uniforms.

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Updated AR 670-1 Slides See also ALARACT Message 082/2014
Tattoo Self ID Memo