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The Navy is relaxing its rules on tattoos to keep up with the times. Beginning April 30, sailors may have one tattoo on their necks, as long as it does not exceed one inch in any direction. Visible tattoos are also allowed on the forearm and below the knee. There’s no longer a rule about the size or amount of tattoos in those areas.

An illustration depicting expanded U.S. Navy tattoo policies. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lorenzo John Burleson/Released)
An illustration depicting expanded U.S. Navy tattoo policies. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lorenzo John Burleson/Released)

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The new rule also now allows sailors with sleeve tattoos to be assigned to Recruit Training Command and Recruiting Command positions, something the previous regulations did not allow.

Some 38 percent of millennials have at least one tattoo. The move could be part of an effort to help make Navy service seem more appealing to that generation.

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Still, the content of the tattoos cannot be racist, sexist or indecent and they cannot advocate discrimination.

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