Tattoos Make Headway in Army, Myrtle Beach
SCOTT SIMON, Host:
And they're no longer taboo in the U.S. Army. The Army, which is eager to attract new recruits, has relaxed its policy of banning certain types of tattoos. All new recruits and current soldiers can now have decorations on their hands, in the back of their necks, as long as they are not extremist, indecent, sexist, or racist. The military still prohibits tattoos on the head, face or throat. But permanent makeup, like eyeliner, eyebrows, and lip color are acceptable for women soldiers as long as it's not trendy. That's a word we were sort of surprised to see in U.S. Army regulations. But the regulations didn't mention makeup for men. Don't ask. Don't tell.
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